January 19, 2021

Via Motors Documentary Makes Case For Electric Fleet Delivery

<p>Using what the automotive industry calls a skateboard, VIA uses a modular platform that has been designed to accept multiple body styles, from a truck bed to an enclosed step van.</p>[|CREDIT|]<p><em>Photo: Via Motors</em></p>

VIA Motors, Inc. will be featured as part of the educational public television series, In Depth, hosted by actor Laurence Fishbourne. The documentary is set to air Jan. 25 on participating public television channels and will be rebroadcast throughout the year.

 

In the documentary, Bob Purcell (CEO, VIA Motors) and Thierry Caussat (CTO, VIA Motors) discuss the state of the fleet industry and the role that electronic commercial vehicles play. “If you look at the total population of commercial vehicles, they’re going to represent six million tons of additional noxious emissions over the next 10 years,” Purcell says. The problem is clear, with cities choked in pollution, but most companies think it is too expensive to invest in electric commercial fleets. That is no longer the case.

 

Caussat talks about VIA’s approach to building electric commercial vehicles, and how that makes them more affordable to fleet managers, “Instead of just selling a vehicle to a company, we look at all requirements, simulate the routes and how the vehicle will behave, then adapt our vehicle to those needs.”  The result is a vehicle that is built exactly to customer needs, with no money wasted on unnecessary features.

 

“We can offer a lower cost option, even to a smaller fleet,” Purcell says. Using what the automotive industry calls a skateboard, VIA uses a modular platform that has been designed to accept multiple body styles, from a truck bed to an enclosed step van—further allowing customers to customize their electric fleet vehicle. It results in a more affordable vehicle overall.

 

In talking about the pollution in cities, Purcell says, “We can’t keep going down the same path we’re on. We need to move to the new solution, which is electric drive. What we want to do is enable that to happen faster and at a lower cost.”

 

ABOUT VIA MOTORS

VIA Motors International, Inc., a leading electric drive systems and urban delivery vehicle company with proven advanced electric drive technology and about five million miles of on road customer experience, designs, develops and markets Urban Delivery Electric Vehicles with superior life cycle economics for use across a broad blue-chip fleet customer base. VIA's proprietary software and control systems technology, embedded diagnostics and telematics, and vehicle integration capability, provide cost effective clean energy solutions for commercial vehicle classes from Class 2 through Class 6. These vehicles are optimized for safety, performance, efficiency and regulatory compliance. VIA vehicles are marketed under the VTRUX™ brand.

Originally posted on Charged Fleet

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