The next issue of Newsweek features a short article about GM vice-chairman Bob Lutz and the Chevy Volt, describing Lutz as "The Man Who Revived the Electric Car".

We learn that Lutz was initially shunned by GM brass when he first proposed the electric car in 2003. At the time they were too focused on a future of hydrogen fuel cell cars.

In 2006 Tesla Motors announced it's intentions to build a fast electric car.  With respect to this, Bob Lutz is quoted as saying:
That tore it for me. If some Silicon Valley start-up can solve this equation, no one is going to tell me anymore that it's unfeasible.
After the announcement of the Chevy Volt concept in January 2007, well the rest is history..and it's all archived right here, minute by minute! Of course, we are still in the early chapters, but Mr. Lutz tells us:
This is like JFK's call for the moon shot. I want to stick around to see the Volt come to market. Then I'll pack it in around 80.
Source ( Newsweek )