Bob Lutz was and still is one of the leading supporters of the Chevy Volt. Yes, he does own a Volt, which he says gets over 200 miles per gallon, but that's not the only reason that Lutz stands behind the Volt.
Chevy's extended-range electric came to fruition under the close guidance of Lutz and he's often spoke highly of the vehicle. Even now, long since his days at General Motors came to an end, Lutz is still out there hyping the Chevy Volt.
A fine example of Lutz championing the Volt is in his latest speech at the 2013 SAE World Congress. Lutz took to the stage yesterday morning to deliver a keynote address before a packed crowd of media, engineers and other automotive types.
While we wouldn't expect Lutz to still talk of the Volt, the first few words out of his mouth were all Volt.
According to Lutz, the Volt, though widely successful today, was and still is a victim of unrealistic expectations. As Lutz says, the Volt was never expected to change the world with hundreds of thousands of sales, but the "media" portrayed it that way, which means that now the "media" can call the Volt a failure. Though, as we know, the Volt never failed.
Here's what Lutz stated:
"There was exaggerated hype and exaggerated expectations. The way the media made it sound is that everybody’s next vehicle was going to be electric."
Lutz didn't touch on GM's aggressive and overly optimistic sales projections for the Volt, but at least in the eyes of Lutz, the Volt was never meant to be a volume vehicle.
Regardless of the "exaggerated hype and exaggerated expectations," Lutz fully believes in the bright future of electric vehicles.
"I personally believe in the future of electric vehicles, because they are very efficient. They’ve got far fewer moving parts."
via CBS Local