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Verizon, Via Collaborate on Electric Work Vehicle

“Breaking down old technology barriers.”

by on Mar.21, 2012

One of two battery vehicles being developed in a collaboration between Via and telecomm giant Verizon.

Mobile phone giant Verizon Indianapolis-based Via are collaborating on the development two plug-in electric work vehicles.

The vehicles would use VIA’s proprietary extended range electric vehicle technology and evaluate it for possible use in Verizon’s fleet.

“At Verizon, we’re in the business of breaking down old technology barriers to drive innovation,” said James Gowen, Verizon’s chief sustainability officer. “By collaborating with VIA on this extended-range technology, we hope to create a game-changing opportunity not just for Verizon, but for other companies and industries as well, to reduce emissions and cut maintenance costs without having to wait years for large-scale, electric-charging infrastructure.”

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VIA showed off an “electrified” pickup truck and cargo van, which are two of the most widely used vehicles in Verizon’s fleet.

Both of the vehicles use VIA’s proprietary eREV power train technology, enabling them to drive a majority of their daily work routes emission-free and entirely on electric power. The vehicles have up to 40 miles of all-electric range, using advanced technology lithium ion batteries, with the added capability to drive unlimited additional miles using VIA’s onboard electric generator or range extender.