Although the utility vehicles featured in Jay Leno’s video below have greater upfront costs, the operational cost savings could pay for the Via Motor’s trucks over time. Built with a standard chassis and body from GM, these hybrid-electric trucks look no different from a regular vehicle, but they provide a robust generator capability at the work site and 100+ mpg.
Via Motor’s website promises life-cycle savings due to lower maintenance and fuel costs. Given the small amount of fuel these vehicles use, it would be interesting to see a natural gas-powered version of this vehicle.
These vehicles could offer an interesting fleet alternative for telecom operators. As hinted at in this video, fleet sales are the initial focus of Via Motors. With automobile legend Bob Lutz leading Via, this Orem, Utah based upstart car-maker has a credible chance at changing the fleet vehicle market.