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Jim Taylor Takes CEO Spot At AMP

From gas-guzzlers to green machines.

by on Dec.14, 2010

California "Guvernator" Arnold Schwarzenegger with Jim Taylor, former Hummer chief and now CEO of Amp Electric Vehicles.

Long-time General Motors executive Jim Taylor apparently has a thing for extreme machines.

In his last job for GM, Taylor headed the Hummer division, leaving the Detroit maker only when it decided to close the big SUV brand after an effort to sell it to the Chinese collapsed.  Now, after a brief bit of R&R, Taylor has resurfaced – and some might say he’s making up for past sins by taking on the CEO spot with battery car maker Amp Electric Vehicles.

The Ohio-based company was a finalist in the recent Automotive X-Prize and is just ramping up production of a battery conversion of the Chevrolet Equinox.  It is reportedly also negotiating a deal to work directly with another major automaker on an electric vehicle project.

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“Amp is well-positioned to take advantage of the rapidly expanding electric vehicle industry,” said Taylor, who will serve alongside of Joe Paresi, Amp’s new chairman.

Meanwhile, Amp founder Steve Burns, who has been serving as the Ohio-based start-ups CEO, will take on the position of president, and focus his efforts on ramping up Amp’s production base.

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