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Bob Lutz is Back, Now What?: In bringing Bob Lutz back into the company (his retirement was announced a few months ago), General Motors seems to be hoping Lutz will “be able to tap the same formidable skills he used to accelerate the development of the […]

Bob Lutz is Back, Now What?: In bringing Bob Lutz back into the company (his retirement was announced a few months ago), General Motors seems to be hoping Lutz will “be able to tap the same formidable skills he used to accelerate the development of the Volt to figure out how to sell a $40,000 vehicle to cash-strapped consumers still skittish about American cars.” — WSJ’s Environmental Capital

Magna, A123 Batteries in Volvo Hybrids: Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna International, will produce lithium-ion battery systems with cells from startup A123Systems for hybrid city buses, heavy-duty distribution vehicles and refuse trucks from Volvo. — Green Car Congress

Biofuels to Help Clean Up Chernobyl: Belarus, the country affected by much of the fallout from the Chernobly nuclear disaster, plans to use biofuel crops to suck up the radioactive strontium and caesium and make the soil fit to grow food again within decades rather than centuries. — New Scientist via TNR’s The Vine

Buffett-Backed BYD Wants a Bus Maker: Chinese battery and electric car maker BYD Auto is seeking to buy a bus making company in Hunan, central China, in an effort to increase its production capacity for alternative fuel vehicles. — Reuters

T. Boone’s Green Cloak: T. Boone Pickens stands to gain from the natural gas vehicle legislation unveiled in the Senate this week, but “wrapped in the cloak of environmentalism, suddenly T. Boone’s business maneuvers” make him look like a world-saver. — Business Insider

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