Jim Taylor once headed Hummer, famous for gas-guzzling SUVs that environmentalists loved to hate, and led efforts to try to sell the brand to a Chinese buyer. Now he's going green and taking on a different kind of challenge as CEO of a company that converts SUVs and other vehicles to electric power.
Taylor, who also was general manager of Cadillac and a vehicle line executive at General Motors, has taken the reins at AMP Holding, of Cincinnati, amid a shuffle of management there.
Northern Lights Energy, of Iceland, has ordered 1,000 electrified SUVs from AMP. The two companies haven't decided which automaker's SUVs will have their engines replaced by batteries and electric motors. DTE Energy, of Detroit, also has hired AMP to electrify three Saturn Vue SUVs in its fleet.
AMP founder and previous CEO Steve Burns is now president, responsible for bringing AMP's technology into larger-scale production by fulfilling current and expected orders.