GM’s top electric car executive and Chevrolet Volt leader Bob Kruse quits

September 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — GM’s top electric car executive has picked an odd or perhaps unfortunate time to leave the company for a private venture. The Detroit News is reporting Bob Kruse, executive director of global vehicle engineering for hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries since early 2008, who devised the automaker’s long-term electric vehicle strategy, and recently led the Chevrolet Volt team has resigned. The timing seems unfortunate as it comes at a crucial time for General Motors Co., which is banking on the Volt to change the compnies fortunes and public perceptions.

Kruse, 50, left GM to start his own consulting company, E V Consulting LLC, which will provide automotive and vehicle electrification expertise for companies looking to seize a piece of more than $1.3 billion in federal grants available to Detroit’s Big Three automakers and the state the News reports. GM admits they’re none to happy about Kruse’s departure, but said the Volt remains on target for production in November 2010.


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One Response to “GM’s top electric car executive and Chevrolet Volt leader Bob Kruse quits”

  1. hsr0601 on October 2nd, 2009 1:25 pm

    The auto industry should not forget the bitter lesson from its bankruptcy. Automakers pledged change in direction before people and thereby barely received taxpayer’s cash, but they are still doing nothing. The current “unsustainable” fuel price, which is projected to go even higher, has gone far beyond a hybrid level again as it did not deter the recession.

    The auto industry needs to leverage the rebates of cash for clunkers as a stepping stone for a fundamental change as promised, not business as usual. I still think the densely populated countries are consuming such incredible natural resources right now that inefficiency as it is is not allowed any more.

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