Good watch. I thought the bringing up again of their financial woes in his closing comments was unnecessary though.
Won't disagree with you on this, but maybe another way to look at it is, GM is in financial trouble, yet they are in effect betting the company on this product, they believe in the product so much that the risk is one they cannot take.
It was a great video to watch, impressive to see the size difference between the Volt & EV1 battery packs. It doesn't necessarily make the product, but you can see progress made in the technology.
Also good to see Lutz one on one with sensible questioning not media hacks looking for the one line quote that is taken way out of context. Doesn't matter if Lutz believes in global warming or not, he knows his job is to make the Volt happen and even if he may think things are being done the wrong way (his analogy about Govt. fixing obesity by legislating you can't make clothes greater than a certain size).
I believe that Lutz wants to make the Volt a reality because he sees it as a challenge, to prove the disbelievers wrong that GM can produce such a vehicle and be the first to do it. If they get it right, they are correct, it is a game changer, the car runs on electric power, the ICE is only there to charge the generator to provide electric power.
As batteries improve, as they shrink the battery packs, you quickly approach a hybrid tech that can work for at least most cars if not smaller suvs and such. At Gen2 they will hopefully have same size battery pack but increased range and much smaller battery pack with the current 40mile range.