Bob Lutz & Jay Leno Team Up at Coalition for Clean Air Awards
LOS ANGELES—Two ultimate “car guys”, Bob Lutz and Jay Leno, teamed up on behalf of clean air and charity at the 2012 Collation for Clean Air on Thursday. The CCA held the awards ceremony at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Lutz and Ed Begley, Jr., an environmentalist best known for his roles in Arrested Development and Best in Show, presented Leno a Clean Air Award on behalf of the Coalition for Clean Air. After the CCA awards ceremony, Bob Lutz, father of the Chevy Volt, and Leno announced VIA Motors pledge to donate the first consumer-built extended-range electric truck, the “VTRUX,” to the CCA for charity.
Lutz and Leno signed the hood to commemorate the occasion and Mr. Lutz christened the truck “The Lenutz.” The CCA plans to auction off this piece of automotive history with the proceeds being donated to the Fischer House, a charity that supports America’s military in need. VIA Motors was one of the sponsors of the evening.
Later Leno invited Lutz and his VIA team to his world famous car collection to videotape a segment for Leno’s Garage. The two car guys took a historic first drive together in VIA’s electric truck which drives like the Chevy Volt and averages 100mpg. “This is the future,” Leno said, after taking the VTRUX for a drive.