Bob Lutz, who spearheaded General Motors' development of the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, has been named chairman of the board of Via Motors.
Lutz, a current Via Motors board member, replaces Carl Berg, who helped launch the company in 2009 and remains Via's largest shareholder.
Lutz is a former vice chairman of GM. He left the automaker for Via Motors, a maker of extended range electric trucks, vans and SUVs. John Weber, Via's CEO, called Lutz "one of the industry's foremost executives."