Bob Lutz: Volt’s Electric Tech Should’ve Gone Into Escalade First

2012 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

2012 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

Ex-GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz played an instrumental part in getting Chevrolet’s range-extended electric car, the Volt, to market.

So important was his role that he’s often considered the “father of the Volt”–but at the Detroit Auto Show, Lutz has said that he’d not have launched the car’s technology in that package.

Autocar reports (via Autoblog Green) that Lutz would have started with a vehicle that’s anything but green, the Cadillac Escalade.

“If I had my time again at GM then I would have started with the Cadillac Escalade for the range-extender technology, and brought the Volt in later,” he said.

“The more gas-guzzling the vehicle, the more economic sense of electrifying it.”

It perhaps isn’t surprising that Lutz’s comments come as his current project, Via Motors, launched a range of electric

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