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Bob Lutz on E-REV Technology – “I Should Have Started Bigger”

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VIA Motors X-Truck – Is Bigger Better?

I’m not sure how to take this, really, but Bob Lutz isn’t too impressed with the vehicles he pushed into production a couple years ago, namely the Chevy Volt with extended-range electric vehicle [E-REV] technology.

“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. The more gas-guzzling the vehicle, the more economic sense of electrifying it,” said Lutz in an interview.

Bob Lutz, former General Motors [GM] Vice Chairman, recently unveiled the VIA Motors X-Truck, a full-size EVer pickup truck, that he’s claiming it’ll get 100 MPGe. An Escalade-class E-REV is also in the works. When he was with GM, Lutz pushed the Chevy Volt as part of the package to get emergency funding from the Obama administration, a pledge to environmental vehicle technology. Economically speaking, though, Lutz thinks this doesn’t make any sense anymore.

I can see his point, sort of, because smaller cars are cheaper to begin with, and there aren’t too many people that want to pay a premium on the battery technology that goes into such a small vehicle for such small returns in fuel economy. On the other hand, VIA Motors’ X-Truck and the unnamed SUV, both using similar E-REV technology as the Chevy Volt, are going to cost twice as much as their conventionally-powered counterparts.

How many people are out there that, one, need such a beast, and two, can afford to buy one? Perhaps there is a market for this, but if the Chevy Volt hadn’t been there to open the doors earlier, would there be a market for larger versions now?

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Ben has been a Master Automobile Technician for over ten years, certified by ASE, Toyota, and Lexus. He specialized in electronic systems and hybrid technology. Branching out now, as a Professional Freelance Writer, he specializes in research and writing about his main area of interest, Automotive Technology, Alternative Fuels, and Concept Vehicles.

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