Tony Pasawatz, the engineer who oversaw development and production of the Chevy Volt since 2006 and who has been a GM employee for three decades, has left The General. A GM spokesperson has confirmed that Posawatz has retired from the automaker; however, it’s important to note that this doesn’t necessarily mean that he has retired from the industry, as a report from Automotive News states that Posawatz has “decided to take some time to pause and assess the situation and see what opportunities exist” outside GM.
Through June, the Chevy Volt sold 8,817 units, way below the 60,000-unit goal initially set out by GM; since then, the automaker’s CEO Dan Akerson has cut the sales forecast of the vehicle.
The GM Authority Take
The Volt isn’t selling in huge numbers… yet. Heck, which electric vehicle is? Just give it some time (and for gas prices to reach $5 a gallon). But forget all that: this development is a bit troubling to us, as it may point to a weakness within GM in retaining top-level (engineering) talent. Let’s hope no one scoops up Mr. Posawatz and offers him twice the pay to engineer a direct Volt competitor… because that’s the last thing the Volt needs right now.