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Via Motors Shows Its 800 Horsepower, 100 MPGe XTRUX Pickup: Live Photos

Motor Authority -- When it comes to range-extended electric vehicles, the concept of delivering fuel economy up to 100 miles per gallon equivalent isn’t all that foreign; after all, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt delivers 98 MPGe.

What the Volt and other range-extended electric vehicles fail to deliver is 800-plus horsepower and a full-size pickup truck body. Enter the Via Motors XTRUX, conceived by Via Motors under the guidance (and marketing prowess) of its chairman, industry veteran Bob Lutz.

Loosely based on a 2013 Chevy Silverado, the XTRUX plug-in hybrid drivetrain combines a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a 5.3-liter Chevy V-8 to power a range-extending generator. Dual electric motors, each producing 402 horsepower, provide “more than sufficient” thrust.


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Submitted Jan 16, 2013 By: BennoBlue
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NedW
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 5:15:51 AM

Government motors is sure spreading the manure thick, isn't it?
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 3:21:56 AM

No way this will happen. It defies physics! Pure marketing BS at its finest.
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BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 5:26:47 PM

NICE!
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USNDVR
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:55:00 PM

This sounds like a really premature article. Could be 100 mpg, could be 50? we're not really sure yet? Don't know if or when it will be available for purchase, don't have any idea what the price will be? Nice pictures though. Good journalism.
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tankumo
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:54:56 PM

Like I said, wait a little while and you will see a lot more options, technology is growing explonentially.
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boatmen
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:53:43 PM

Fuel economy up to 100 miles per gallon ! thing not stated What is the cost per kilowatt Hour and how many to charge it. bet it brings up the cost to what a 20 mpg gets now
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Catfish93001
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:47:04 PM

No announced price... this one will be expensive!
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gilfarm
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:46:37 PM

Nice but I bet real expensive!
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fightbigoil71
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:43:30 PM

No thanks
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gaskater
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:41:45 PM

YEAH, I WANT ONE...HOW MUCH???
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LarksNY
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:40:09 PM

unclenorman.......medicinal only!
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dar 1
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:40:07 PM

We will see....
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checkitnow
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:40:06 PM

love the comparison to the failure called volt
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unclenorman
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:38:10 PM

800 horsepower? 100 mpg? They must be growing some great stuff in Utah!!!!!
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JasTheAce
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:33:33 PM

i like it.
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flyfast
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:33:33 PM

with a load how far will it go
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dacofa
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:32:55 PM

Volt doesn't "deliver" any where near that kind of mileage.
Otherwise they couldn't build them fast enough.
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SWITCHMAN
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:31:50 PM

At least some people are trying to change things, I hope some one will keep a eye on the CEO.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:31:12 PM

good to know.
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Connie11
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:30:26 PM

Nice looking truck. 35 miles wouldn't get me to work and back. Gotta work on that range.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:28:48 PM

BIG COST not for me.....
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:28:37 PM

Golly, is 800 HP enough?
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donny47
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:28:31 PM

range too short and probably exagerrated
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:28:18 PM

So now I can't take my car out because it has too little charge to go anywhere.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:27:47 PM

Not my style. Not for me.
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Fitwit
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:26:50 PM

Sounds like a good car.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:25:52 PM

35 miles on a charge no good to anyone
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:25:33 PM

Well, at least we're finally trying different ideas but I have concerns over cost and actual mpg and battery efficiency when the truck is OUT of the testing laboratory and on the deteriorating roads actually carrying or hauling something.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:25:28 PM

That will change things
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:24:33 PM

Now if only everyone could afford one.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:24:14 PM

wont buy one
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:23:51 PM

800 hp?? C'mon. Nobody needs that.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:22:35 PM

Of what value, to whom?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:19:39 PM

Who will be able to afford one??
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Meridethkun
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:18:58 PM

Interesting...
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:18:15 PM

Sounds promising, what's the price?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:16:36 PM

Sounds interesting, I would like to see and hear more about it.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:15:08 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:14:47 PM

Diesel is the answer!
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:13:31 PM

Sounds nice, but why not replace the gas V8 with a diesel and get even better performance & fuel economy?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:11:42 PM

if you got the money
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rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:10:10 PM

Until it's in a reputable auto journalist's hands to test, this is just a concept - one with no cost listed in this article at least. But there is no way it is going to get 100MPGe used as a truck; used as a commuter car, perhaps. And those numbers probably apply to the version with the single, 400hp electric motor, since the company didn't specify that the claim applied to the 800HP version, meaning the headline is misleading at best, if not an outright lie. Poor journalism.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:10:02 PM

sounds great
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:10:00 PM

Interesting....
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tsgasprc
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:09:39 PM

But the mileage drops to 5 mpg in a headwind...
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bullfrog69
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:08:52 PM

Running on eletric use's no gas, all lies the gas engine will only get what it is rated at for hwy and no more! All BS lies and propaganda! When useing eletric no gas is used period.How stupid are some people? And how stupid are they to try to make you believe this?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:08:10 PM

not interested
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:07:32 PM

why ?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:04:22 PM

What is a Silverado hauling/pulling to need 800 horsepower?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:04:12 PM

Interesting, but with only 35 mile range on batteries and the cost will be very high, not in my price range. Its good they are trying things out to see if it will work, but when it does, make it affordable.
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