The Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution seems to be genuinely upon us. Consumer demand remained strong throughout 2020 even in the face of a global pandemic and the absence of a federal EV tax credit. More recently, the Whitehouse has signaled positively on many fronts towards supporting this growth, perhaps most importantly by moving the federal procurement system to 100 percent clean energy and zero-emissions vehicles; mirroring a move that Norway made years ago, that has resulted in positioning them as the global leader in EV adoption and sales penetration.
Even with these strong headwinds, catalyzing an EV revolution in the US will not be without myriad challenges. To that end we have assembled a panel of domain experts to discuss a roadmap for electrifying our federal, municipal, corporate et al. fleets as the next step towards widescale EV adoption. We’ll dig into vehicular platforms and scalability, infrastructure hurdles and the financing innovation needed to realize these goals, among other topics.
Geoff is a multicultural ACES mobility expert and corporate banker with a 25-year career on 3 continents. He privatized State owned companies in Poland, managed regional portfolios of project finance risks in EMEA, led a team of credit Analysts in Singapore though the 2003 SARS epidemic, restructured biotech balance sheets in San Francisco – where he caught the Disruption bug.
He settled in New York where he launched an industry vertical focused on Automotive and Mobility when GM filed for chapter 11 in 2009 , and managed a global team of bankers dedicated to OEMs and Suppliers – reaching #1 global league table position in debt market in 2018 and 19’ and investing $4.5BN in worldwide relationship and transactional engagements for his clients.
He’s now the Head of the Automotive and Mobility sector at Young America Capital, an industry-focused boutique where he is responsible for origination and execution of capital markets and M&A transactions in the automotive and transportation sectors focusing on Connected-Autonomous-Shared-Electric mobility.
Since the pandemic, he advises banks on risk management and electric vehicles and mobility startups on strategic funding and partnerships. As a lifelong learner, Geoff’s latest dedicated study time was a course focused on electric vehicles’ ecosystem and Columbia’s Executive High Impact Leadership program.
Yann is the Head of Business Development & co-founder of eIQ Mobility, the leader in fleet electrification Advisory services in North America. eIQ Mobility was acquired by NextEra Energy in 2020. eIQ Mobility clients clients include Fortune 500, utilities, OEMs, school districts, universities, and major public fleets. To date, they've worked with over 120,000 vehicles light, medium & heavy-duty vehicles across the US. Yann is the former Head of North America e-Mobility strategy for Schneider Electric, and was a key architect of their global strategy. From 2012 to 2016, he led an internal startup at Schneider Electric to develop an IoT smart thermostat business. Prior to that, based in the Schneider Electric Paris HQ, Yann managed all marketing operations for the €1 billion+ controls business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Yann majored in business in France and then completed his executive MBA at the Syracuse University Graduate School of Management. He lives in Chicago with his wife, and their 3 children have all flown the coop. He's a board member of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Associationg and the Jackalope Theater.
After a childhood of drawing cars and dreaming of his own car company, Robert Bollinger attended Carnegie Mellon and earned a degree in Industrial Design. Planning to further his education at an automotive design grad school, he instead found himself in New York City working his way up the advertising ladder, eventually becoming a creative director. He put those skills to use when he partnered with a friend to help grow a lucrative hair care company. With the successful sale of that business, Robert took a break from the New York scene and moved north to the Catskill Mountains to enjoy country life and co-start a grass-fed cattle farm. After months of farming Robert discovered the shortcomings of one of the most instrumental tools of the trade – the pickup truck. Determined to make a better truck, the childhood dream kicked back in and Bollinger Motors was born.
Mr. Ambrosio has a BSME from New York Institute of Technology, his tenure in the alternative fuel transportation industry includes design, development, and integration of a variety of liquid and gaseous fuel systems, battery energy & thermal management, APU systems for HEVs (fuel cell, micro turbines, and internal combustion engines), and testing procedures. He has been an active member of the SAE for 18-years. His professional experience includes printed circuit board production, quality control and industrial engineering. Mr. Ambrosio has authored a number of published technical reports for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on battery energy and thermal management for heavy and light duty electric vehicles. In addition to EV/HEV system integration and R&D, he has worked closely with US-based and off-shore electric utilities along with organizations such as the Department of Energy's Clean Cities on alternative fuel vehicle development, electric drive system development and vehicle demonstration programs. Mr. Ambrosio has co-authored 10 U.S. patents in the field of battery energy/thermal management, energy storage enclosures and advanced propulsion systems. He is currently active in the following organizations: Curriculum Advisory Board Automotive Technologies - Suffolk Community College, Curriculum Advisory Board Engineering Science - State University of NY at Stony Brook, Curriculum Advisory Board Technologies - Bronx Community College, Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition - Former Treasurer, Board Member and current Vice Chairman.
Kristin Slanina is a global mobility expert. She is Chief Innovation Officer at Parkmyfleet, creating the mobility hubs for now as well as the future. She is managing director of Charge Across America, an electric vehicle race from NY to LA. She was Chief Operating Officer at TrueCar, responsible to evolve TrueCar's business model through innovation and growth strategies. She was previously Chief Transformation Officer for an IT firm, Thirdware, where she oversaw innovation around emerging technology (AI/Machine Learning, IoT/Connected Car, Blockchain) for Fortune 500 companies. An engineer by trade, Kristin spent over 20 years at Ford working in core technology and strategy roles and is the architect of Ford’s Future of Mobility footprint. She holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
James is a technology entrepreneur and head of business development at Erda Energy where he has championed low carbon solutions for the built environment that utilize the ground as a thermal battery. He is passionate about decarbonizing the built environment and using technology like Erda’s to shift our predominately consumptive society into one of equilibrium and symbiosis.
James received a B.A. from Goddard College