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For a couple of family cars that sell in comparatively modest volumes, Nissan’s Leaf and Chevrolet’s Volt have made an outsized splash into the automotive landscape. Now four years since the first production Leaf was delivered Dec. 11, 2010 in the U.S., and the first Volt was sold days later on Dec. 15, the two […]

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After a couple years of pilot testing and now as emissions certification are being completed, VIA Motors anticipates launching its VTRUX series hybrid vans around June and pickup trucks around this September. When – after some delays – it’s finally given the green light, the Utah-based company spun off in 2010 will begin filling multiple-unit purchase […]

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Bob Lutz will speak at the opening general session of the Alternative Clean Transportation Conference (ACT Expo) at the Long Beach Convention Center in California May 6, 2014. Bob Lutz is often refered to as the father of the Chevy Volt and is a former Vice-Chairman of General Motors. Mr. Lutz now serves as Chairman […]

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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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