Engineering the Volt

February 21st, 2007 |
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This interview at the Chicago Auto Show happened by chance. I was standing next to the Chevy Volt and began a conversation with a gentleman who turned out to be Rich Lannen, one of the lead engineers of the this concept car being developed by GM. What followed was an illuminating discusssion about the challeneges of bringing this electric car from concept to production, and it all comes down to the batteries. Rich’s enthusiasm was contagious — I came away from the interview more excited than ever before about the promise of this vehicle and felt it was one of my best stories from the show.

Reporter’s Notes: My thanks to General Motors for inviting us to cover the Chicago Auto Show. They paid for our flight, meals and accomodations, plus provided access to high level spokespeople, engineers and designers for interviews, yet required no restrictions, review or edit control of our content prior to publishing.

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