We Can Thank Mr. Lutz For Re-Introducing The Electric Car To The World At the 2007 NAIAS In Detroit

We Can Thank Mr. Lutz For Re-Introducing The Electric Car To The World At the 2007 NAIAS In Detroit

We like to call him Mr. Chevy Volt, but he was born with the name of Robert Anthony Lutz in 1932.

And now, after some 40 years in the automotive industry, Mr. Chevy Volt is being inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Lutz joins a list of 9 others who will be inducted this year.

Here we take a brief look back at Lutz' automotive past, with our required focus on his electric vehicle efforts.

First up is Lutz' career at GM, though we've excluded his early days there from 1963-1971:

  • General Motors 2001 to 2010. Lutz rejoined GM on September 1, 2001, as Vice Chairman of Product Development. On November 13, 2001, he was named Chairman of GM North America and served in that capacity until April 4, 2005, when he assumed responsibility for Global Product Development. He also served as President of GM Europe on an interim basis from March to June 2004. On April 1, 2009, Lutz was named Vice Chairman/Senior Advisor providing strategic input into GM's Global Design and Key Product initiatives, a position he held until retirement at the end of 2009. He agreed to join the new GM at his current position. On July 23, 2009, he was appointed Vice Chairman, Marketing and Communications, and on December 4, 2009, named Vice Chairman, Special Advisor Design and Global Product Development. On May 1, 2010, Lutz retired from GM; but was retained again by GM in September 2011. (Source: Wikipedia)

    Bob Lutz And Jay Leno Talk Cars Over The VTRUX

    Bob Lutz And Jay Leno Talk Cars Over The VTRUX

In 2008, Lutz was quoted as saying that "the electrification of the automobile is inevitable."

In 2011, Lutz was interviewed for the documentary "Revenge of the Electric Car."

Also in 2011, Bob Lutz joined VIA Motors as chairman:

  • VIA’s offers versions of vans, pickup trucks, and suburbans as Extended Range Electric Vehicles (E-REV). The VIA VTRUX truck has a 40-mile battery-only range, and a 35-mile range for the van and SUV. After batteries are depleted, a gas-powered generator creates electricity for continued driving, similar to the architecture of the Chevy Volt. (Source: Wikipedia)
Most recently, Bob Lutz was linked to Fisker Automotive as one of a group of individuals interested in reviving the failed automaker.

But Mr. Lutz will forever be remembered by us for his contributions to the Chevy Volt.  Some say that without Lutz on board, the Volt would have never made it from concept to production vehicle and, boy what a lost that would have been.

Congratulations Mr. Lutz!  You certainly deserve a spot in our hall of fame.

Check out Bob cutting a promo for VIA motors below (or his interview/ride and drive with Jay Leno here):