Bob Lutz, known as the man behind the Chevrolet Volt, has been busy since he left General Motors. Mainly, he’s pushing for his VIA XTRUX to be the next big thing. VIA converts GM trucks and work vans from their thirsty petrol engines into versatile plug-in hybrids.
The only gripe with these would-be green machine hits is the price tag. A VIA truck or van will cost you $80,000, out of many shoppers’ budgets. But a new voucher program in Chicago aims to change that, according to Clean Technica.
The Drive Clean Chicago program will credit fleet buyers 50 percent of the price on an XTRUX truck or van. Then, add in an additional $7,500 tax rebate, and a VIA truck can be had for only $32,000, while an XTRUX van for only $35,000. This is a substantial step in hitting the ambitious goal set by Lutz and the company of 50,000 vehicle sales by 2018.
“Combining the Drive Clean Chicago voucher with the Federal Tax incentive allows Chicago fleets and business owners to purchase VIA Motors technology with nearly the same price as a standard model vehicle,” said VIA.
VIA XTRUX are able to replace many jobs of typical work trucks with their 40 mile all-electric range, and 22 kWh of power is usable for on-site work, replacing gas generators. That makes the VIA a tempting alternative in the eyes of contractors.
After all, Lutz did say the Volt should have been a truck.