Unlike solar options previously contemplated for smaller cars that can often only generate enough power to run small accessories, the large full size panels in VIA’s solar bed cover for a Pick Up truck can provide enough power to charge the main batteries and add significant additional range or power for jobsite work tools.
“This much solar charging really wasn’t available until we electrified the pick up truck, which offers enough real estate to accommodate full-size, high-capacity panels,” said David West, Chief Marketing Officer for VIA Motors who lead the development of the product. “This option makes owning an electric truck even more attractive today because it can charge while parked outside almost anywhere,” West concluded.
VIA plans to offer this unique after-market solar option for its electrified version of the Chevy Silverado called the VIA VTRUX, through participating dealers after the production launch of its 2014 electric truck in mid 2014. VIA is also developing a similar option for its passenger and cargo vans.
About VIA Motors
VIA Motors is a privately held electric vehicle development and manufacturing company. VIA employs a streamlined second stage manufacturing process to integrate its proprietary V-DRIVE™ power train into new OEM vehicles, then sells directly to fleets under the VTRUX™ brand name. VIA VTRUX deliver up to 40-mile battery range and unlimited extended range, averaging over 100 mpg in typical daily driving. More information on VIA Motors may be found at: VIAmotors.com.