Depleted: Tony Posawatz, Key Developer for Chevy Volt, Retires from GM
Tony Posawatz, a key developer of the Chevy Volt who first thought of the car as a “science-fair project,” is retiring from General Motors, Automotive News reports. He has served as the Volt’s vehicle line director since 2006.
Posawatz told Automotive News he hopes to continue working in the automotive industry, but has “decided to take some time to pause and assess the situation and see what opportunities exist.” His involvement with the Volt caps off a 30-year career at GM. In the first few months of 2006, Bob Lutz, who served as GM’s Vice Chairman, started his ambitious plan to build a vehicle with an alternative powertrain and tapped Posawatz to lead the project. His initial response?
“No, I’m not interested in doing a concept car. I do real cars.”
Lutz convinced him the project would lead to something real and the car eventually became the Volt, which was first shown in concept form at the 2007 Detroit auto show. The production version of the Volt launched in December of 2010 and Posawatz has been a key figure in explaining its extended-range powertrain to the public.
Before the Volt, he was previously a planning director for GM’s full-size trucks. Posawatz was also involved with the development of the EV-1 electric car and the lessons learned from that project proved to be valuable in developing the Volt.
“This was really a heroic team effort,” Posawatz said to Automotive News of bringing the Volt to market. “I think people will look back and say ‘Wow, that was the product that ignited the movement.’”
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