Via Motors, Geely To Partner On Extended-Range Electric Truck

By Jack Burke24 January 2018

VIA Motors International Inc., a designer of electric and hybrid drive systems, said it has completed an exclusive agreement with China-based Zhejiang Geely New Energy Vehicle Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Commercial Vehicle Group.

The parties have agreed to co-develop a medium-duty extended-range electric truck, which incorporates VIA’s proprietary vehicle software and systems control technology, for launch in China and the Americas in 2019.

“Geely selected VIA Motors due to the company’s advanced commercial vehicle software and control systems technology, specifically developed to meet the demanding duty cycle and performance requirements of commercial vehicles,” said Nathan Yu Ning, Zhejiang Geely Holding vice president of International Business and executive advisor to the Board said. “I believe that range-extended hybrid drive systems are a leading technology for the next 5-10 years and the co-developed truck will utilize proven technology such as a Volvo engine for the range extender. VIA Motors provides technology plus an engineering and management team that can support GCV to accelerate to be global leading commercial vehicle company and assist the introduction of GCV Trucks into North and Latin America through our newly formed joint venture.”

“VIA Motors is honored to partner with Geely Commercial Vehicles. This agreement allows VIA to execute our strategy with the launch of an expanded portfolio of advanced drive systems and vehicles,” said Peter Guile, CEO of VIA Motors. “We are excited to be working with our new global partners to electrify the future of the world’s working vehicles.”

“Geely is the ideal strategic partner for VIA Motors, as the fastest growing global vehicle company, with a demonstrated commitment to the electrification of their portfolio of award-winning vehicles,” commented Bob Lutz, chairman of VIA Motors and former vice-chairman of GM. “The alliance between Geely and VIA Motors combines technology, access to their industry leading suppliers, and a mutual entrepreneurial spirit dedicated to accelerating the global adoption of extended-range electric commercial vehicles.”

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