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From: http://gm-volt.com/2010/11/30/the-volt-has-launched-first-consumer-build-being-auctioned-online/
The Volt Has Launched: First Consumer Build Being Auctioned Online
As a surprise the father of the Volt, former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz, came out and gave closing remarks.
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Lutz complimented Jon Lauckner, who also attended, the former GM VP who actually advised adding the range extender as opposed to the pure electric model Lutz initial envisioned. Lauckner had to push the GM board to allow the car to be produced, something they were initially against.
Interview Lyle had with Bob Lutz. I listened to it last night... historic to hear the words directly from back then and understanding their meaning today.

http://gm-volt.com/files/dennislutz.mp3
 

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FYI that's a 52 minute interview, and I believe is from last April and tied to this series of articles here:
Thanks for those. I am pretty new around here. I thought hearing the words directly from Bob added significantly to it ... at least it did for me.
 

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I don't recall the mp3 actually being posted, and don't see it linked in those articles, so it's still good to see here now. And obviously timely.
 

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I posted audio thread this on 11-30-2010 the Volt official launch (see first post).

Bumping it as we have a lot of 2012 owners that may not have heard it from the horses mouth.

 

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Interview Lyle had with Bob Lutz. I listened to it last night... historic to hear the words directly from back then and understanding their meaning today.

http://gm-volt.com/files/dennislutz.mp3
Bob has completely done a 180 on the demand for the Volt today from this interview. He's saying today that GM is nuts to think they could have sold 10K this year and 60K next year. The whole interview he's saying how the demand will be crazy higher than 10K and 60K.
 

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I posted audio thread this on 11-30-2010 the Volt official launch (see first post).

Bumping it as we have a lot of 2012 owners that may not have heard it from the horses mouth.
We may be making a break through as much of the politics seems to have settled down. Listen to the first post. Pretty cool.
 

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An insight into the moments that changed America's destiny 4ever - thanks Scott 200. This is such a moment for the country, not just GM, Tesla, Nissan, Honda, or any one company. We MUST go to electric.
 

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1) Oldee but a goodee in the 1st and 2nd post in this thread --- for those of us that have been around a long time.
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...rview-with-Bob-Lutz-awesome&p=47567#post47567



2) Believable source from GM-Volt blog and Lyle: Title: Bob Lutz on How the Chevy Volt Was Born
Volt http://gm-volt.com/2010/04/26/bob-lutz-on-how-the-chevy-volt-was-born/

And then I just couldn’t get enough of a consensus in the company to do that.Then when Tesla came out with the announcement of the Roadster my point was that if some group of California software guys can make a viable electric car using lithium ion laptop batteries and they can claim a 200 mile range, 0 to 60 in 4 and a half seconds and 140 mph top speed, it seemed to me that we as still the world’s most competent car company, we should be able to do likewise, and I suggested we start talking to Tesla and find out as much as we could.
That’s about when we decided,’ OK alright, lets do a show car.’
Sitting down with John Lauckner he really convinced me that all-electric really wasn’t the way to go, that we should have a small piston engine in it as a ranger extender and that way we could get by with a relative small relatively inexpensive lithium ion battery and people would not be on a tether.
3) There was also a 3 person (Bob L, Elon M, and Charlie Rose) TV interview that confirmed this as well.
Perhaps it was this one:

4:55 -- Bob Lutz : design is key -- you could have a 400 mile range car but if it was ugly nobody is going to buy it.
6:15 -- Bob Lutz : owes it to Tesla

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Without Tesla there is and never would have been this GM-Volt.COM Volt forum ;)
 
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