• Sep 30th 2009 at 3:42PM
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Just a few months before the Chevrolet Volt is finally set to debut in production trim, one of the guys who spearheaded the whole project has reportedly left his post at General Motors. Bob Kruse (at right), who also helped plan the whole long-term strategy for GM's electric vehicle program, has resigned according to The Detroit News. Kruse has been the automaker's executive director of global vehicle engineering for hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries since 2008, and has long been considered one of the key figures in getting the Volt from concept to production – he was particularly instrumental in developing the batteries that the Volt will use.

The report says Kruse is leaving to start his own consulting company, E V Consulting LLC. Kruse wanted to make it clear that his departure shouldn't be read as a statement about his feelings regarding GM's future success, but he did admit that they weren't happy he was leaving.

"There's no good time to lose good people," GM spokesman Rob Peterson said. "But that said, the Volt team goes way beyond one person."

According to most sources, the rest of the team is more than capable of moving on without him and the future of the Volt is in good hands. Micky Bly – who has experience with hybrid/electric vehicles and has been a part of the Volt program from early on – has been tipped as his replacement.

[Source: The Detroit News | Image: General Motors]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      He probably would face a salary cap at GM, Atlas Shrug baby.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who is John Galt?
        • 5 Years Ago
        1000 pages of crap. Her writing aspires to mediocre when she is not on her high horse. Atlas Shrugged is a poorly writen, shallow charactered, self serving knightmare of a read (although I am sure you have not read it).

        After I helped turn a company around, I jumped over the an i-bank that paid me 5x to do the same thing for other companies. It is typical, good for Bob.

        But getting back to your witty comment, had the government not stepped in his "salary cap" would have been $0.

        Go back to your cabin in Montana.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every major car company is announcing EVs right now. He'd be a fool not to cash in on this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think its government sponsered green initiatives is where the money is at.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sad to see the Kruse Missle go...