By Jeff Gilbert

DETROIT (WWJ) — Legendary “car guy” Bob Lutz — who is 79 — is joining electric vehicle company VIA Motors.

Lutz, who is also now a paid advisor to General Motors, says this new position will not interfere with his GM duties. Lutz has often said that the electric Chevy Volt was the most important vehicle he’d ever developed.

No word yet exactly what Lutz will be doing for VIA Motors, which specializes in developing larger electric vehicles, including SUV’s and trucks.

Last year, Lutz retired from GM, but stayed on as an informal, unpaid advisor. Over this past summer, they formalized that role. Ten years earlier, GM pulled a 69-year-old Lutz out of an earlier retirement.

This latest retirement has been a busy one for Lutz, who also serves as an advisor to other companies, has been a broadcast commentator and has written a book.

Retirement has also given Lutz the opportunity to participate in the political arena, as finance chairman for Republican Senate candidate Clark Durant.


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