Oliver Kuttner

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Oliver Kuttner is a German-born entrepreneur and developer associated with many projects in and around Charlottesville. He is also the founder of the Edison2 project to develop highly-efficient vehicles. The Very Light Car project won the $5 million Progressive Automotive X Prize in 2010.

Kuttner is the son of Ludwig Kuttner[citation needed].

After having several battles with the Charlottesville Planning Commission and the Board of Architectural Review, Kuttner decided to move his base of operations to Lynchburg[1].

In October 2010, Kuttner was involved in an altercation with a police officer in Lynchburg after a traffic stop[2]. He appeared in court on the charges on February 14th, 2011[1], was convicted of disorderly conduct, and was fined $250[3].

In 2016, Kuttner proposed using this site to construct 233 studio apartments (under the alternative address 201 Garrett St), but his request was rejected by City Council.[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Person of the Year: Bad Boy turned Brazen Brainiac: Oliver Kuttner, Stephanie Marie Garcia, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, December 16, 2010, retrieved December 17, 2010. Print. December 16, 2010 .
  2. Web. Kuttner arrest spurs police to launch internal probe, Chris Dumond, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, October 19, 2010, retrieved October 19, 2010.
  3. Web. Leader of Prize Winning Car Team Convicted, Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 15, 2011, retrieved January 31, 2023.
  4. Web. Council sends Kuttner’s micro-unit tower back to planning commission, 2018-09-09