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VIA Motors gears up to build plug-in hybrid trucks with 40-mile EV range

Truck-electrifier VIA Motors has opened the doors to its newest production facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The new assembly plant is designed to ramp up production volume of the company’s VTRUX plug-in hybrid electric trucks (pre-order one here), which are sold directly into fleets.

In a nutshell, VIA Motors takes a brand new OEM vehicle – a Chevy Silverado, for example – and converts the drivetrain from pure gasoline to hybrid-electric. The upshot of that is a truck with 40 miles of electric range and a total range of more than 400 miles.

From there, the vehicle is rebranded as a VTRUX EV. Think Chevy Volt, but for trucks.

The new production facility is strategically positioned near both suppliers and manufacturers, and the company utilizes a conveyor-scissor system to move each vehicle through the eight stages of the assembly process.

“VIA’s unique assembly system will be able to output two electric vehicles per hour and 10,000 vehicles per year,” said Pablo Acedo, president of VIA Motors Latin America.

“We are proud to be first to deploy this innovative assembly technology here in Mexico, to transform conventional vehicles into advanced, extended range electric vehicles,” he added. “San Luis Potosi will soon become synonymous with electric vehicles.”

VIA Motors is the very first company to introduce a mass-production electric pick-up truck to the market. Take a look at the production video here, and let us know what you think.
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