Rise of alternate fuel technology at the Detroit Auto Show
|   Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Detroit Auto Show has witnessed the showcasing of different types of vehicles – concept to practical. However, the real winners of this year's event are the vehicles running on alternate fuel technology. The best part about this edition was the manufacturer's will to portray a different use of alternate fuel technology. The conventional use needs to be developed as it is not very practical and this was a step in the positive direction.

VIA Motors has just unveiled a line of electric SUVs and commercial vehicles at the Detroit Auto Show and these were showcased along with General Motor's Volt which is being hailed as the vehicle of tomorrow.
Motor shows maybe the eye candy for a group of people but alternate fuel operated vehicles must also be showcased and researched upon in order to gain an insight into the future of automobiles.

VIA Motors mainly targeted the commercial segment – cabs and busses operated by large companies – and their vehicles are perfectly suited for use in the commercial segment. Cargo vans and passenger vehicles are their specialty and VIA Motors plan on achieving 100 MPG with 0 CO2 emissions. This could be a very tough challenge but not an impossible one. In fact the company insiders are quite hopeful that within the next five years the company will be able to make breath taking breakthroughs that could allow them to achieve the magical figures with ease.

In fact by taking major steps in the positive direction, like the ones VIA Motors have already taken, it can spark a trend in the industry where all major players will take steps in the positive direction. With General Motors working on the Volt, a shift in trend can easily occur.

Development needs investors and New York based Verizon Communication collaborated with VIA Motors to pump in extra funds for the research work. Verizon is genuinely interested in the future of automobiles and as a result they have invested in the advanced research program undertaken by VIA Motors. This could be a major positive step in the automobile industry at the moment.

Cargo vans constitute the majority of the American car market, making up 30 percent of all vehicles on road. In 2012 alone, the company had sold 38,000 units of cargo vans and at an average these vehicles consume 41 Million gallons of fuel each year. This is mass consumption and Verizon pans on launching electric vehicles in New York and New Jersey as a measure of checking excessive fuel consumption.

These are the bases of commercial vehicles and hence the change needs to be started from the root. This is the challenging part of the business and as insiders claim, the company is all about challenges. Therefore, this must be a great show and electrifying the commercial vehicles is a positive aspect on its own. Although the on road tests have not been conducted as of yet, people developing the vehicle are confident that these vehicles will do well in the market.
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