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Bob Lutz Speaks Out on Electric Vehicles and VIA Motors in a Global Webcast at the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/09/12 -- Bob Lutz, known as one of the auto industry's most influential leaders, and more recently for his passionate support of the Chevy Volt, arrived in Los Angeles last night to speak out in support of the growing international electric vehicle movement and to introduce a new extended range electric truck by VIA Motors. Mr. Lutz is a featured speaker at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Lutz will speak in a global webcast at the concluding plenary session from 10:00 am to 11:30 am PDT, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 as part of an interactive industry panel titled "The Campaign for Electric Vehicle Adoption." Mr. Lutz will discuss the transformation of the auto industry, the Chevy Volt and several new electric vehicles coming to market later this year.

"We are pleased and honored to have Bob Lutz speak at the Symposium this year and for his role in helping to transform the auto industry through his leadership and the introduction of revolutionary electric cars and trucks," said Brian Wynne, President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the organization that hosts the event.

Listeners can register for FREE access to the webcast at http://t.co/b5jV5WNJ and submit questions for Mr. Lutz and the panel via Twitter using hash tag #evs26 during the session. A limited number of questions will be selected.

In addition to speaking at the event, Bob Lutz will introduce the new full-size extended range electric trucks by VIA Motors in a ride-and-drive for the media and the general public at the show. The extended-range electric trucks are similar in concept to the Chevy Volt and can drive 40 miles on battery, with unlimited extended range using an onboard generator, averaging over 100 mpg for typical drivers.

About VIA Motors
VIA Motors is a privately held electric vehicle development and manufacturing company. VIA has developed a proprietary 650-volt eREV drive system technology designed for full size trucks and SUVs called the VIA V-Drive™. VIA employs a streamlined second stage manufacturing process to integrate its proprietary eREV power train into new OEM vehicles, then sells directly to fleets under the VTRUX™ brand name. VIA VTRUX deliver up to 40-mile EV range and up to 400-mile extended range, averaging over 100 mpg in typical daily driving. Initially, VIA plans to sell directly to fleets, then later to consumers. VIA plans to scale its technology to many other vehicles and plans to ramp up production over the next few years, adding additional models and sizes. More information on VIA Motors may be found at: VIAmotors.com. To see a video on VTRUX with Bob Lutz go to VIAmotors.com/news/press-releases/erev/.

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