Facility is Close to the General Motors Factory in Silao
Plug-in hybrid electric (range-extended battery) truck manufacturer Via Motors says it’s inaugurated its first high volume electric vehicle assembly line, in a free trade zone in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, approximately 175 miles north of Mexico City.
New vehicles from the General Motors factory in Silao are fitted with a proprietary extended range electric powertrain at Via’s new Mexico plant.
“Via’s unique assembly system will be able to output two electric vehicles per hour and 10,000 vehicles per year,” Via Motors Latin America president Pablo Acedo said in a release. “San Luis Potosi will soon become synonymous with electric vehicles,” he said.
The new facility is adjacent to the NAFTA highway and a Kansas City Southern Rail line. It features “a unique conveyor-scissor lift system that moves conventional vehicles through eight assembly stations where technicians raise or lower the vehicle at each station to install electric and other components,” Via says.
Michigan Is Out
Via’s plans to products its trucks in Michigan (F&F, September 24, 2012) have been abandoned, in favor of San Luis Potosi’s closer proximity to the GM factory.
Separately, Via said that its completed crash-testing on its extended range electric cargo van by Via Motors. Also based on a GM vehicle, the vans likewise will be outfitted for PHEV operation in San Luis Potosi.
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Via also reports a $20 million award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, with the Electric Power Research Institute acting as project manager, to deliver its range-extended electric pick-up trucks and vans to more than 50 participating fleets.
The Via vehicles will have equipment to record and transmit data to the Idaho National Lab for analysis by the U.S. DoE and EPRI.
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Source: Via Motors with Fleets & Fuels follow-up