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Now he tells us. Bob Lutz, who helped spearhead the development of the Chevrolet Volt at General Motors, told UK's Autocar that the Volt's extended-range plug-in powertrain would've been better developed for full-size SUV than a smaller-sized car because of the greater opportunity to cut fuel use compared to gas-guzzling models like the Cadillac Escalade.

Lutz figures prospective customers would be more wiling to pay the plug-in premium if the model in question was an SUV rather than a small-to-mid-sized car because of the greater potential for savings. Despite the actions that he took in the development of the Volt, he now says that he would've first designed an extended-range powertrain for a model like the Escalade before making the powertrain available in smaller vehicles.

Lutz is currently drumming up support for automotive startup Via Motors. This week, Lutz and Via presented three converted GM models at the Detroit Auto Show, including a pickup truck, a SUV and a van. Via, which is expected to price the models at between $70,000 and $80,000, estimates that it will produce 2,700 units in 2013 and about 20,000 in 2014.


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      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, hopefully GM is working on larger PHEV models (you know, maybe something you can seat 5 in) so we can see if old Bobby was right.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      An Escalade? No, too big & heavy. Better off with a small mini-van (like Nissan's NV-200) or a light pick-up.
      Ziv
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK. I am thinking Lutz has gotten too enamored with his own press releases.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      Technically correct, as these big vehicles use the most fuel and would benefit the most. However, he's forgetting the Fat Mouth of the Right, brain addled Limbaugh, and the dumbxxx brigade. The rich right wingers listen to this fool, and suck up the stupidity like it was italian spaghetti, in Rome, on a summer eve.
        EVnerdGene
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        So ignorant, so bigoted, so full of hatred, so stupid. Have Mom check your meds.
          Michael
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          Gene, As much a Ford Future seems to be ranting, you must have missed Rushbo and Hannity over the past 2 years telling their audiences how the Volt was a horrible vehicle in design and practice.
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      It likely should not have been the first, but could potentially be a good test bed for other vehicles. A major complaint regarding the plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles is price. Well, people who buy escalades have no such price issue. Another 20K on top of the 80K they already spend is just another way for them to say "I have more money than brains". Really, it would give me a lot of pleasure knowing that the least caring people on the planet were actually paying the early adopter price for the rest of us.
      Clem Zahrobsky
      • 2 Years Ago
      would it pull those 30" dubs ???
      hodad66
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sure glad that they didn't! Just what we need, one more oversized, pig car on the road......
      Julius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure how well that would have worked... in short, the Escalade is pretty heavy already, and I'm not sure what space they'd allot for the battery. I'd really wonder if they'd ever get even 20 electric-only miles out of the EREV Escalade, which might not make it a viable option like a 40-mile Volt would be.
        GoodCheer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Julius
        Well you'd need more battery, probably about 3-4 times as much for the same range, but it's certainly possible.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not sure that selling reason (at what would be a very high price) to the unreasonable who drive SUVs is the way to go. Could this be a case of Bob Lutz being wrong as usual. Jack Rickard tried electrifying an Escalade. It turned out to be very expensive because not surprisingly such a heavy vehicle takes a ton of batteries to moves just a little.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Being a large, luxury vehicle, it needs a big engine. Electric can deliver the torque, but when the battery runs out, no one would accept it if a small generator can't deliver enough power. That's much less of an issue with a small car like the Volt. I think Lutz is wrong. The Volt was a better candidate for the first car with the tech. While there is more room for improvement in the Escalade, its buyers aren't as motivated to save gas, so it would have poorer sales.
      Jon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Trouble is you can't put a halo on an Escalade and Escalades dont draw potential cruze customers into showrooms.
      Matt C
      • 2 Years Ago
      Umm, no. This is classic Bob Lutz... the man who would herald lung cancer as the must-have accessory of the season if the tobacco lobby would just pay him enough. GM tested this exact same argument in the market when they launched the Two-Mode Hybrid (remember those?) in the Escalade/Tahoe/Yukon and Silverado/Sierra. It didn't work then and I don't think it will work now for Maximum Bob's latest venture with Via Motors.
      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The EV1's first replacement should have been an Escalade? Funny joke. I laughed a lot. GM doesn't have the luxury that Tesla had of building expensive first generation EV/PHEV, and then spending a number of years working down to more affordable EV/PHEV. Not with GM's public relations disasters with Hummers, the EV1, etc. I can hear the echos of "Not Green!!" bouncing off the blog walls right now... A PHEV Escalade for GM's first PHEV would have been a joke both in the green world and in the SUV world. Worst of both worlds, and sales would have languished the way the Silverado Hybrid languished. The customer base is just too small once you subtract out the anti-GM haters, the SUV buyers who hate EV's, and the EV buyers who hate SUV's. It doesn't matter that pushing a lousy MPG SUV 15 miles down the road would save more gas than pushing a small car 30 miles down the same road. Because cars that never sell never save any gas for anyone. Before GM can sell expensive PHEV SUV's, GM first has to get past the same hurdle that Toyota had to get past with the Prius. It will take a couple of years for such a new technology to be more widely accepted, the same as it took a couple of years with the Prius.
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