A rendering of the Chevrolet Triax concept, which was unveiled at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show. It was considered a potential successor to the EV1 and a potential high-volume vehicle that might have recouped some of GM’s investments in electric vehicle technology.
The Chevy Triax was a crossover-style electric-vehicle concept that could have served as EV2, according to Bob Purcell, then GM’s VP of Advanced Technology Vehicles Group in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Marketing materials for the Chevy Triax, which stands for tri-axle. The Triax was GM’s first skateboard-type vehicle, according to Bob Purcell, the vice president of Advanced Technology Vehicles Group at GM in the late 90s and early 2002. “It had an electric skateboard, a hybrid skateboard and a combustion skateboard,” he tells Automotive News. “This is 20 years ago. All these people parading around now talking about the new era of skateboards? Our team did this 20, 22 years ago.”
Purcell showcases the company's hybrid pickup technology for President George W. Bush during a Department of Energy event held in spring 2001. Purcell says he later sold President Bush one of the pickups for use at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.
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