Effective today, VIA Motors International, Inc. announces the appointment of Robert (Bob) Purcell as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), replacing Peter Guile. Mr. Purcell has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company since March 2015.
“We are really excited to now have Bob as the CEO of VIA Motors,” said Bob Lutz, Chairman of the Board of VIA Motors. “Bob has deep automotive experience and has led electric and hybrid vehicle programs and companies for over 25 years. Bob has the brains, the passion and the guts to be a great CEO.”
Bob Purcell is a recognized leader in the world auto industry. He held key leadership positions in the General Motors Corporation, Boston-Power advanced battery company and Protean Electric, a leader in in-wheel electric drive motors, before joining VIA as the COO in 2015.
“I am honored to become the CEO of VIA Motors. VIA is an industry leader, providing cost-effective electric and hybrid drive systems for commercial vehicles applications,” said Mr. Purcell. “We are now looking to expand our presence in the world markets, and I am excited to be leading that effort.”
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VIA Motors International, Inc. and Zhejiang Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd. announce joint Venture collaboration agreement
Front row: Gerald Page, Director Asia VIA. Peter Guile, CEO VIA, Nathan Yu, President Executive Advisor/VP ZGH, Chen Yiming, Int'l Legal Sr. Dir ZGH. Back row: Thierry Cassuat, CTO VIA. Dick Clayton, Exec VP VIA. Bob Purcell, COO VIA. Fiona Fei, Sr. Manager of Chairman Office ZGH. Li Hongyan VP of GCV Research Institute. Austin Hu, VP of GCV Research Institute. Song Guanghui, Dean Ass't GCV Research Institute. Xi Na, Int'l Legal Supervisor ZGH. Steven Song, Int'l Business Sr Manager ZGH.
Orem, Utah - January 22, 2018
In line with Geely’s corporate global vision of producing the safest, most environmentally-friendly and most energy-efficient “New Energy Commercial Vehicles,” VIA Motors International, Inc., a leader of electric and hybrid drive systems offering a range of extended range (eREV) and EV commercial vehicles, today announces that 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 industry leading proprietary vehicle software and systems control technology, for launch in China and the Americas in 2019.
Mr. Nathan Yu Ning, Zhejiang Geely Holding Vice President of International Business and Executive Advisor to the Board said "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."
"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," continued Mr. Yu.
"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," commented 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," he continued.
"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," further commented Mr. Lutz.
about VIA Motors
VIA Motors International, Inc. develops and markets extended-range electric (eREV) and all electric (EV) power-train systems, incorporating industry leading VIA developed vehicle software and control systems technology, which provides clean energy solutions for most vehicle classes from light duty through Class 8.
VIA’s vehicle integration capability, at both production facilities in Utah and Mexico, provides a range of commercial vehicles to meet zero emissions requirements. VIA vehicles are marketed under the VTRUX™ brand and under the VIA power-train systems V-Drive™ brand.
about geely commercial vehicle group
Zhejiang Geely Commercial Vehicle (GCV) is a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH)
ZGH consists of many well-known international automotive brands including Geely Auto, Lynk & Co, Volvo Cars, Polestar, PROTON, Lotus, London Electric Vehicle Company, Yuan Cheng Auto, and Terrafugia with global operations spanning the automotive value chain, from research, development and design to production, sales and servicing. ZGH also recently announced acquisition of 8.2% of Volvo AB.
Zhejiang Geely Commercial Vehicle (GCV) has two sub brands; the London Electric Vehicle Company and Yuan Cheng Auto. The London Taxi Company (LTC) became known as the London Electric Vehicle Company ("LEVC") in July 2017 as the company transitions into being a provider of urban focused new energy commercial vehicles. Yuan Cheng Auto has three core product lines; new energy focused trucks and bus chassis and also new energy powertrains. Yuan Cheng launched its first core products in October 2016 with the introduction of the E12 pure electric city bus and an E200 pure electric logistics vehicle.
GCV has two core research and development centers in Hangzhou, China and Coventry, UK with over 2,000 engineers and production facilities in both China and the UK together with a total of over 3,000 production and administration staff.
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Vision: Electrify the world’s logistics vehicles.
Our mission is to accelerate the transition to “Green Logistics Vehicles” through electrification of commercial fleets, which will reduce their operating costs, improve their environmental footprint, and ensure their continued access to major urban centers.
VIA Motors International, Inc. a technology leader of Green Logistic Vehicles, has engaged in a test and evaluation Project with EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute). The program, sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), had as its purpose the development of a path to migrate plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology to light and medium duty vehicles by demonstrating and evaluating vehicles in diverse applications and suitability for widespread commercial vehicle use.
VIA Motors deployed a total of 177 vehicles (52 3/4T Vans, 125 1/2T pickup trucks) to 47 customer test fleets in 20 different States across the country.
“A large database for analysis was established with data collected on each participant's vehicle(s) in areas related to: electric motor application, battery usage, charger functionality, motor/engine torque, export power, fuel usage, mileage, etc.” noted Mark Kosowski, Technical Executive of EPRI.
“There were more than 34,000 events and over 203,000 miles and 58,000 hours of data collected on the VIA vehicles. On 80% usage of the battery’s 23 kWh capacity, the Pickup truck delivered a combined fleet average of 36.1 miles of electric range and the Van 33 miles. Combined battery/charge sustain efficiency delivered an overall fleet 63 mpg equivalency for the truck and 51 mpg for the Van, which numbers will increase with more frequent charging and electric miles driven” confirmed Mr. Kosowski.
“The program accomplished a number of favorable results.” stated Mr. Kosowski.
The findings from the EPRI program and our ongoing interface with all of our Fleet customers has provided our VIA team with valuable feedback for improvement of the technology and application to our next generation drive systems and vehicles as VIA pursues its mission: To accelerate the transition to ‘Green Logistics Vehicles’ through electrification of commercial fleets which will reduce operating costs, improve environmental footprints, and ensure fleet continued access to major urban centers and rural routes.
VIA Motors international, inc presenting at "3rd china international commmercial vehicle summit" Shanghai China
VIA Motors International, Inc. technology leader of Green Logistic Vehicles, including extended-range electric (eREV) and all electric (EV) powertrain systems, providing clean energy solutions for vehicle classes from light duty through Class 8, will be presenting at “3rd China International Commercial Vehicle Summit, May 10th – 12th 2017 in Shanghai China.
Robert Purcell, Chief Operating Officer of VIA Motors, will present “The New World of Electric Commercial Vehicles” and moderate a panel of industry experts discussing “Trends for New Energy Commercial Vehicles, and their Influence on the Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket”
“I am honored to be invited to present at the leading commercial Vehicle summit in China, alongside distinguished government and industry experts passionate about the beneficial environmental impact from electrified commercial vehicles, particularly those used in our major Cities” commented Purcell."
About: 3rd China International Commercial Vehicle Summit
May 10th – 12th 2017, Shanghai China.
Experts and Analysts to Discuss Future of Commercial Vehicle Industry.
The summit will provide a platform for attendees to familiarize themselves with the Chinese commercial vehicle industry, gathering government officials, and representatives from industry associations, and companies involved in the field. The summit is being held at The Longemont Shanghai Hotel, to register:
About VIA Motors International Inc,
VIA Motors International, Inc. develops and markets extended-range electric (eREV) and all electric (EV) powertrain systems incorporating industry leading proprietary, VIA developed vehicle software and control systems technology, which provides clean energy solutions for nearly all vehicle classes from light duty through Class 8.
VIA’s vehicle integration capability at both production facilities in Utah and Mexico provides a range of commercial vehicles to meet zero emissions requirements. VIA vehicles are marketed under the VTRUX ® brand and under the VIA powertrain systems under the V-Drive ® brand. VIA’s vehicles can also be equipped with an exclusive bi-directional Power Xport ® system, which provides up to 14.4KW of power via onboard 120 & 240-volt outlets--sufficient power for job and recreation sites, disaster relief emergencies, and backup power for homes as well as vehicle-to-grid functionality. For more information, visit www.viamotors.com
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