A123 Supplying Batteries For VIA Motors’ Electric Trucks

A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of Nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries and systems, has announced that it will supply complete lithium-ion battery packs to VIA Motors, an electric vehicle (EV) company building electrified trucks, vans and SUVs.

According to A123, its 24 kWh battery packs will be integrated into VIA's Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (eREV) Powertrain, combining with a 300 kW electric motor and an onboard generator to deliver an expected all-electric driving range of up to 40 miles.

VIA offers a full lineup of extended-range electric trucks, vans and SUVs called VTRUX, each equipped with the company's eREV Powertrain. A123 says it has already begun producing the battery packs at its facility in Livonia, Mich., as VIA has started delivering trucks to commercial fleet customers.

‘We think that commercial and government fleets represent a tremendous opportunity for vehicle electrification, and we look forward to working with VIA Motors to design eREV trucks, vans and SUVs that meet fleet customers' needs for efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles that also satisfy their performance, range and reliability requirements,’ says Jason Forcier, vice president of A123's Automotive Solutions Group.

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