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VIA Motors announced yesterday Bob Lutz was appointed Chairman of the Board of VIA Motors, maker of extended-range electric trucks, vans and SUVs. Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, is also known as the “father of the Chevy Volt” and was already a board member of VIA Motors. “VIA is fortunate to have the […]

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In a newspaper interview last week, the “father of the Chevy Volt,” Bob Lutz, said General Motors missed its original opportunity to apply the “extended-range electric” powertrain formula used by the Chevrolet Volt on a light-duty truck. GM instead has a 2-mode hybrid which has sold weakly against heavy volume of its pickups and SUVs, […]

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From the Los Angeles Auto Show, Bob Lutz was on hand to announce the startup for production of VIA Motors pick up trucks and vans to begin next year. Lutz is well known for championing extended range electric technology while at General Motors, preferring it over hybrid or all-electric technology, particularly in full size vehicles. […]

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After a year of research including interviews with key personnel at General Motors, Presidio Graduate School Professor Dariush Rafinejad has published a full report on the Chevrolet Volt’s research, development and marketing. His 29-page paper titled, “Chevrolet VOLT A Disruptive Innovation Bridge to Electrified Transportation,” reads essentially like a history of still-recent events. “I’m very […]

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One of Fisker Automotive’s most influential backers, Ray Lane, resigned last week from Fisker’s board of directors as investors encircle the ailing company. Lane is a Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), the firm whose credibility and backing enabled Fisker to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in private capital. The usually […]

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Fisker’s saga is far from over and businessmen around the world are hovering over its Karma. We heard news not long ago that Detroit-based VL Automotive, in which ex-GM executive Bob Lutz is involved, is planning on selling V8-powered Fisker-bodied vehicles. According to news agency Reuters, VL Automotive is partnering with China’s Wanxiang Group with […]

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Automakers trying to make already relatively fuel-efficient vehicles even more frugal through electrification have their priorities essentially backwards, says Bob Lutz. The former General Motors vice chairman who pushed the compact extended-range Chevrolet Volt and Ampera sister to market and who now is on the board of VIA Motors says if he was to do […]

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It’s been several years since the Tesla Roadster was introduced, and two years since the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf were launched. Other electric vehicles have come along as well, but as of last month, the U.S. market had purchased fewer than 46,000 electrified plug-in cars this year out of 13 million total vehicles. In […]

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