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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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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VIA Motors continues to solve many of the challenges that fleet owners face today. These challenges include finding the best vehicle for their company, reducing operating expenses, and having access to parts and maintenance. VIA Motors believes they have the solution to this problem with their certified full size vans and light duty pickup truck. VIA Motors produces plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that have up to a 40-mile battery range and extended range through its on-board generator, giving the vehicle up to a 400-mile total range.
Businesses often find themselves struggling to find the right vehicle for their fleets. VIA Motors has created a solution with an efficient extended range electric vehicle for today’s fleet market. VIA Motors provides superior efficiency with 35-40 mile electric drive coupled with a low level usage of the ICS (Internal combustion engine) that sends power to the electric motor. The electric motor is always turning the wheels of the vehicle, making it much more economical than a gas model vehicle.
VIA Motors has taken their customer service a step further by launching a Mobile App that is now available on iOS and Android operating systems. VIA Motors new app allows customers to digitally access their owners manual, locate the nearest service center, and find local charging stations through their partner, PlugShare.
The former CEO Pablo Acedo and current President Alan Perriton were featured on Worldwide Business With Kathy Ireland to discuss VIA Motors, and the impact they are making in the Fleet Industry. This sponsored programming re-airs on Fox Business August 9th, 2015 at 5:30pm ET. You can also view the full interview online at Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland’s YouTube channel.
"There are times such as these where I sit back and I see the future unfolding before me. What you’re doing is absolutely incredible.”
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VIA believes that with their technology and business model, they can make these advancements applicable and within reach for the average business fleet owner. Customers using these vehicles will greatly increase their miles per gallon, helping to boost their savings, at the same time contributing to cleaning up the air and helping their organizations.
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Orem, Utah–VIA Motors, Inc. announced that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have issued emissions certification for its full-sized Plug-In Extended Range Electric (eREV) Pickup Truck, clearing the way for the company to deliver the vehicles to its many Fleet Customers. VIA previously received similar certification from CARB (Executive Order) and EPA for its eREV Van in October of last year.
“This is an important milestone for our company and a recognition of the considerable effort put forth by the members of our team to bring this game changing technology to the market place” stated Peter Guile, CEO of VIA Motors. Guile further noted “We are especially pleased with recent test results showing significant improvements in fuel economy and emissions reductions in comparison to the base gasoline powered Truck and Van.”
VIA Motors, Inc. is the only manufacturer to have complied with both CARB and EPA requirements and receive certification for Class 1 and 2 eREV trucks and vans. The company has been developing its current generation proprietary VDRIVE power train over the past 3-4 years, and achieving certification is a major step forward for eREV technology designed specifically to meet the demands of fleet applications.
About VIA Motors
VIA Motors is a privately held electric vehicle development and manufacturing company. VIA employs a streamlined up-fitting manufacturing process to integrate its proprietary VDRIVE™ power train into new OEM vehicles, then sells directly to fleets under the VTRUX™ brand name. VIA VTRUX delivers over 40 mile battery range on a single charge and unlimited extended range, averaging upwards of 100 mpg in typical daily driving. More information at: VIAmotors.com.