26 Sep '11, 6pm

Plug-in trucks are more cost-effective than plug-in compacts?

Plug-in trucks are more cost-effective than plug-in compacts?

Plug-in trucks are more cost-effective than plug-in compacts? If the Silverado hybrid can't buzz, can adding a plug help? So why aren’t major automakers on board? Bob Lutz. What a guy. Almost 80 years old and still consulting for GM, Lotus and now VIA, an EV retrofitter based in Utah that currently has a contract with GM to convert a small fleet of pick-up trucks into plug-in hybrid pick-ups. I sure hope I have that much energy at 80. But, while the addition of Lutz is interesting, what’s even more interesting is VIA’s belief that plug-in hybrid trucks, with a Volt-like plug-in drive, offer quicker payback than do small plug-in vehicles, like, well, the Volt. But is it true? In terms of hybrid cars, GM’s dual mode hybrid pickups, such as the Chevy Silverado hybrid , certainly haven’t offered the kind of economics that consumers have wanted. Sales prove that. Maybe such hyb...

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