Blog: What's Bob Lutz up to these days?
Dave Leggett | 15 January 2014
As I have remarked before, the irrepressible Bob Lutz (age 81 years young) is keeping pretty busy in his retirement. He popped up in Detroit at VIA Motors' stand (he's on the board) and was interviewed by the BBC. VIA's business plan is to take GM pickups and put a range extender EV powertrain in them, then sell them on rebranded directly to fleet buyers.
As Lutz succintly puts it in his interview (below link), why mess with electrifying small cars that already have good mpg? Far better to take a full-size pickup that does 12-14 mpg in town and make that run on electricity instead. Thanks Bob. A slightly different take on what constitutes the ideal urban runaround, but he has a point. A '100 mpg equivalent' REEV pickup is surely a step in the right direction, could be a part of the picture in the US?
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