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  1. At least you got some feedback. What did you check so far? Sounds like it could just be a loose wire honestly. I talked with another Vtrux owner who had a coolant pump (for the batteries) that failed. He found that there was a broken wire to the pump and repaired it without issue. That coupler will always be loud. It's basically a dry clutch and the noise is part of the design. Ducati motorcycles have a dry clutch and their noise is part of the charm I guess (a neighbor noted the similarity to the noise my Vtrux makes). I never get that kind of mileage running just the engine. Maybe 15mpg. I wonder what the difference is? Slim Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  2. Rugz, I would talk with a local chevy dealer that has a certified Volt technician. It sounds like Via is becoming more difficult to reach as they begin focusing on other projects now. 23mpg over 1k miles is really impressive. I'm assuming you're running the engine (generator) the whole time or are you charging in between too? Slim Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  3. I guess stupid is a relative term. You're buying a vehicle that's been converted from a factory production truck into an R&D platform (that they made about 250 of). You, like me, are making a gamble owning this truck. Whether or not you want to call it stupid depends on the person I would imagine. I've owned my Vtrux for about 9 months and 12k miles now. No issues yet, but know that's probably just luck. I haven't towed anything with mine, but I've put plenty of weight in the bed without issue. If you're doing a lot of long distance driving with this, you're going to be disappointed in the gas mileage. My Vtrux returned about 14mpg doing 80mph on 33" 10 ply tires on a 300 mile road trip. I got 20mpg doing 60 mph. I would expect worse when towing the Jetta. There not a lot of gauge to monitor the engine since those have been replaced with the battery monitoring gauges. An obd2 Bluetooth gauge setup would be something to check out to ensure everything is running okay when towing. Also, a brake controller is something you'll need as well (if it doesn't have one already). The Vtrux is annoyingly slow as I'm sure you've noticed. The power is cut from 0-30mph, so acceleration is maddening from a stand still. Passing requires lots of room as the power tapers off again at around 65mph to the 80mph cutoff (based on gps). The air conditioning and heater work much better when the generator (the gasoline engine) is running. Now that it's cold here in Minnesota, the heater on battery only is only adequate at 15 degrees F, so I'm not looking forward to when it gets really cold here. Same thing for the air conditioning. I would seriously consider tinted windows to help ease the burden on the ac. For towing, I would drive the truck in manual mode because there point in driving 30 miles in EV only, then doing several hundred on gas. On long trips, I put the shifter in M to keep the battery charged, then when I pull into gas stations or test stops, I put the shifter back into D because I don't like how loud the coupler between the engine and generator is at low speeds. I really dig my Vtrux. It's not as refined as an actual Silverado and Via Motors will tell you so. If you're an early adopter of new technology, this will be fun. If you thought you just bought a fuel efficient "Silverado", you may have made an error. My thoughts: Do the road trip and report back to us. Slim Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  4. They work a standard 8-5, so I'm guessing they they don't answer after that. I've never had an issue getting ahold of them. What kind of information are you looking for? Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  5. Put the shifter to M. Because there's no transmission, there's no manual mode. The tow/haul button doesn't do anything either. Selecting M allows you to run just the generator and maintain the current state of charge the batteries have at that time. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  6. It was fine(ish) Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  7. Range is definitely impacted by the cold. Things like having the heater on, how hot of temp you select on the heater, the rear defrost is on our not, and also letting the truck interior warm up make a difference. My range dropped from about 35 miles to around 22 miles with heading up in the driveway and running the heat up to work (22 miles away) Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  8. If I would tow any distance, I'd use the generator (gasoline engine) anyways. With only 35 miles of range, there's no point in using it up if you're going any kind of long distance. When running on just the generator, I get 15-20mpg depending on how fast I'm driving. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  9. Not yet. I've hauled 2500lbs of dirt in the bed without issue though. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  10. What did you end up paying for it? My co-worker made an offer of $20k a month ago and was hoping it would still be there in November when he vacations there. Mine has seen its first winter. I changed to factory wheels and got my electric range to around 35 miles before the generator turns on. It's down around 22 miles with the cold weather. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  11. That's the one in FL, correct? I was watching that one. 7800 miles on it? You definitely want a 240v charger with it. How did you find it? What made you want to buy it? Slim Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  12. I love it! I've driven it 7500 miles so far and have averaged over 84mpg. It's slow, especially compared to 5.3L. I've gotten over 100mpg on a couple tanks and as low as 14mpg doing 80mph on just the generator. I've swapped out the wheels and tires to factory 20's for now and the ride and mileage dramatically increased. I'll be lowering it soon and getting rid of the flares, running boards and that crazy front bumper. Hope to have all that done before the snow flies. No videos yet, but hope to find time after I get some of the modifications done. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  13. Sorry I missed this reply. That's awesome. Where did you get yours and what did you end up spending on them? What kind of range are you getting and combined mileage? Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  14. Ha! I completely overlooked the plane comment. Common misconception. Planes take off over the river valley or towards Edina and Minneapolis. My family in Plymouth and Maple Grove get more air traffic than I do. Rogers is beautiful. My car club has spent many miles cruising the back roads in that neck of the woods.
  15. Fossil fuel cars are a 1954 Ford Mainline business coupe. SBF/C4. In the middle of getting a new solid lifter 289 installed, then we moved unexpectedly and it got put on the back burner. The recent addition is my '32 Ford Coupe. It's a 3 window with a rumble. All steel. Haven't even brought it home yet. 301ci Chevy with a tri-power/th350 trans. Also pictured is my car clubs drag car. It's a Chevy powered '53 studebaker gasser. Everyone works on it, everyone drives it. Quickest it's been is 10.13 @126mph. Slim Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  16. Definitely a niche truck. It's basically an r&d truck that was only leased to fleet companies. These trucks were $80k and leased out for $758/month! After seeing this truck, I found another one in AZ and several other Express vans around the country. I was mostly attracted to this because it allowed me to satisfy my craving to get a truck without sacrificing the practicality of my Ford Focus hatchback. The technology aspect appeals to my inner nerd as well. I live within 22 miles of work and can charge the truck for free there. I just picked up a charger today for $150 (level 2) and that plugs into the same 50 amp circuit for my shop equipment. These trucks also have 2 30 amp 220v outlets onboard to allow you to power campers, tools, or even your house as the truck is 14.4kw generator. No idea if I'll ever use that option on it, but it's a conversation piece nonetheless. I don't know how much I'll like the truck. For now, it makes a fella a bit uneasy knowing I'm on my own if this thing breaks (on the hybrid side of things anyways). Via Motors has a tech line as well as parts if needed, so that good, but troubleshooting will still remain heavily on me. I burn plenty of fossil fuel between my '54 and '32 Ford coupes, so the truck provides the balance in my life I live about 1 mile from the Mall of America in Bloomington. Slim
  17. Yeah, I think I'll end up in a 20" wheel still because I Like how it looks, but monitor how much the wheel weighs. Same thing with the tire. It's a level of data I'd never thought I'd consider for a vehicle. Right now each wheel/tire weighs well over 100lbs. I'm hoping to stay under 65lbs. As far as fast....hardly. The website claims 400hp with 306lb/tq, but it doesn't feel anywhere near that. Via Motors claim a 0-60 mph in 9.7 sec which is an eternity these days. This thing doesn't accelerate like a Tesla. Power delivery off the line is incredibly smooth however and driving the truck is a pretty relaxing experience.You just have to throw out out all the regular driving sensations you're used to. When the engine kicks in to supplement power, it will rev up to produce that power. This increase in rpms does not match how you're accelerating and at first it feels like the truck is broke. Also, it won't do burnouts (obviously, I tried this first). When you depress the gas and the brake at the same time, it will disengage the motor to begin regenerative braking. I hope to produce a YouTube video highlighting some of the weird things on this in the future. Regards, Slim
  18. Tyler is correct. It's an extended range electric vehicle. 35 miles of all electric range, then the gas engine turns on to run the generator which charges the batteries. The transmission gets removed during the conversion. In its place is the generator and electric drive unit. The original gas tank is removed to make room food the 24kw battery pack. These are the same batteries as the Chevy Volt (albeit more of them). Then where the spare tire used to be, an in & out charger is there. A 16 gallon tank is then put in for the gasoline. I did buy this sight unseen. Seeing this in person would not reduce any risk because I wouldn't have any reference as to what's working and what isn't. The carfax was clean and the dealership was highly rated online. I bought my '54 Ford coupe sight unseen a few years ago, flew out to CA, then drove it home. I've had that car 9 years now. With this truck, I did a video call to go over the vehicle and was shown the minor blemishes it had. I would've flown out to see the truck in person then drive it home as well, but with COVID-19, my work would've mandated I self quarantine for 14 days when I got back, so that was my biggest deciding factor in purchasing sight unseen. The Nitto tires are 295/55/20 and they're on Black Rhino wheels. I'm getting about 25 miles of all electric range currently and I'm pretty convinced these are a major contributing factor to this. The front bumper is a Smittybilt M1. I really dig how the truck looks, but feel I'll have to change the look in order to maximize efficiency. I can charge the truck for free at work and I'm buying a level 2 charger for my house. Fortunately, these charges use the same plug as my welder and plasma cutter. Slim Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
  19. Hi all, Found myself ending up here during my many searches, so I figured I might as well join the forum. In any case, I just bought myself a 2014 Via Motors Vtrux. I figured with as unpredictable as things are these days, why not buy a truck no one has heard of or services [emoji28]? This one is a 2014 CC 4x4. All pickups have the 4.3L and were 4wd. Mine has 17k miles on it and I paid about $23k delivered from Virginia to MN. I'm just learning my way around this thing and am already finding it's not configured properly for optimal ev range with its giant tires and ridiculous bumper. Slim Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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