Bob Lutz, father of the Chevy Volt, has gone on record as saying that the Volt should probably have been a truck and not a car. That’s why the “retired” auto executive now spends his time lobbying for VIA Motors, which takes GM trucks and vans and converts them into versatile plug-in hybrids. The only problem with the VIA XTRUX is its substantial price tag of about $80,000, putting it beyond the budgets of many would-be customers.
Thanks to Drive Clean Chicago initiative though, fleet buyers in Chi-town can get one of the VIA TRUX pickups or vans for about 50% of the usual MSRP, bringing the cost in line with many conventional vehicles. Add to that the $7,500 tax rebate, and a VIA XTRUCK pickup can be had for just uner $32,000, while the XTRUX van will run about $35,500. This should help Lutz and co. hit their ambitious 50,000 sales target by the end of 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,” says VIA.
With 40 miles of all-electric range and the ability to deliver up to 22 kWh of job site power, a VIA XTRUX can handily replace a gas-powered generator for many jobs, and still be able to get home using a traditional gas engine. That’s a big boon for contractors of almost every sort, and thanks to this generous voucher program, a VIA XTRUX will start saving companies money right from the get-go. How could you say no to that?