VIA Motors electrifies Chevy Silverado 4X4

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Updated Jan 13, 2016

Want to go green but can’t afford a Tesla? Man patrol on the prowl pulling man cards for anyone seen in a Prius?

Never fear, VIA Motors’ electrified Chevy Silverado 4×4 is here.

The truck has an all electric range of up to 40 miles, but thanks to an onboard EcoTec3 4.6 liter V6 gasoline engine VTRUX offers an extended range of up to 400 miles. The gas engine doesn’t turn the wheels. It’s used only when needed to generate a charge for the truck’s batteries.

The truck can drive the first 40 miles in all-electric mode with near zero emissions.

“For most drivers, this means over 100 mpg in typical local daily driving,” the company says. “It’s exciting to drive — with more low-end torque.”

You can also get electricity out of the truck with 120 and 240 volt outlets built on the rear of the truck. The outlets provide electricity to power tools or lights in the event of an emergency, or televisions and radios for tailgating.

The VTRUX Extended Cab has a curb weight of 5,200 pounds with its fullsize bed delivering a payload capacity of 1,800 pounds.

The truck can be charged at any household outlet but a 240 volt outlet is needed for faster charging. VIA says driving in full-electric mode costs as little as 60 cents per equivalent gallon or about 5 cents per mile. VTRUX also qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit.