When General Motors rolled out the Chevrolet Volt concept last January at the Detroit Auto Show
, Bob Lutz played his usual role as the master of ceremonies. Within minutes after our story went live here on ABG many of you were hailing the Volt as nothing more than smoke and mirrors. As we've seen over the past year, the company is clearly serious about this car. As we approach the Volt's first birthday, Newsweek is taking a look at the role of Mr. Lutz in making the Volt a reality. While Newsweek may be a little over the top in claiming Lutz has had a green conversion, it's certainly safe to say that the Vice-Chairman of GM was instrumental in making this car a reality. However, it took the efforts of Martin Eberhard and Tesla Motors
to push Lutz over the top and force the issue. Even if the Tesla Roadster never becomes more than a footnote in automotive history, we can probably give thanks to its creators for inspiring the big guys to go back down the electric vehicle path again.