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This list showcases the top United States based COO’ operating in the Electric Vehicle space. If you think a COO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Chief Operating Officer of Local Motors
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About Local Motors: Local Motors is an American motor vehicle company that creates and delivers safe and accessible mobility solutions for local communities.
COO/Cofounder of ASKA dba NFT Inc.
Maki Kaplinsky is a serial entrepreneur, Cofounder and CEO of NFT Inc. NFT is a Silicon Valley-based start-up focused on future mobility and developing the ASKA™, a door-to-door, electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) flying car that drives like a car on the road, and flies like a plane. Maki’s previous start-up IQP Corporation, was an early innovator in the Internet of Things and sold to GE in 2017.
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About ASKA dba NFT Inc.: Developer of the ASKA™ eVTOL drive and fly vehicle
Jenny Larios Berlin
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Optimus Ride
Jenny Larios Berlin is a veteran of car sharing technology and operations, having worked previously for the disruptive Zipcar. As a General Manager, Jenny introduced Zipcar operations into several university campuses nationwide. She created the strategic vision and managed the sales, marketing, and operations teams to deliver groundbreaking mobility solutions. Jenny was also the National Members Services Manager for Zipcar and was responsible for their service operations in all of their cities. In 2015, Jenny earned her Master’s in City Planning and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While at MIT, Jenny worked in the Transportation Lab investigating mobility and urban transportation systems in low- income communities. She was also the recipient of the Public Service Center Fellowship to produce a participatory filmmaking project with an affordable housing community in the heart of Boston, MA. Ms. Larios Berlin collaborated with MIT Prof. Donald Sull on innovative frameworks for strategy development and implementation, which culminated in the publication of the book Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World (2015).
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About Optimus Ride: Optimus Ride is a self-driving vehicle company providing communities with safe, reliable, convenient, and sustainable mobility services.
COO of Redwood Materials
Kevin Kassekert is the COO at Redwood Materials.
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About Redwood Materials: Redwood Materials is a battery recycling startup that makes electric vehicles and sustainable materials for circular supply chains.
Chief Operating Officer of Helbiz
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About Helbiz: Helbiz is an intra-urban transportation company that operates e-scooters, e-bicycles, and e-mopeds.
COO and Co-Founder of Xos Trucks
Giordano Sordoni is a co-founder and COO at Xos Trucks.
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About Xos Trucks: Xos Trucks specializes in the field of manufacturing fully electric commercial vehicles.
Co-Founder, President & COO of Lightship
Toby Kraus is the Co-Founder and President of Lightship.
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About Lightship: All-electric RV manufacturer designing and producing an aerodynamic, battery-powered trailer for the electric age.
COO of Open Motors
Born in Italy in 1978 and currently residing in Shenzhen, China, Yuki Liu is in the business consulting industry since 2005 with a focus on design&architecture-centric projects. She is Managing Director at Italchina, an international company that assists Italian enterprises in China market entry and growth strategy, research, analysis and advisory with top clients like Cagiva Group (Cagiva, Ducati, Moto Morini, Husqvarna, Mini Moke) and Giugiaro Design. Previously, she played and active part on the organisation of “The Brands and Designers Awards”, a brands and design-centric exhibition in China, for Verbacom Ltd. and Shenzhen Government, arranging seminars and awards ceremony highlighting well-known International designers, architects and CEOs of famous brand companies, which raised a design revolution in the world as a whole. She’s also experienced in American real estate investments currently spending 1/3 of the year in Florida, US, where she is an active property investor and successfully involve outside investors in high percentage of profits deals. Ever-ready to depart for the next business trip, she makes herself understood almost everywhere speaking fluently Italian, Chinese, English, Spanish and Cantonese. Mother of two wonderful boys, she believes that synergy and beauty will save the world and with devotion Yuki cultivates her passion for fine food and wine from all over the world.
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About Open Motors, Open Motors: Open Motors is a B2B company that provides the first modular & open Self-Driving electric vehicle.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Achates Power
Jerome Paye joined Achates Power in 2010. As the vice president of programs and operations, he is responsible for managing the company’s engine development programs with leading global OEMs. He also created and implemented the current product development system at Achates Power. Previously, Paye worked for Renault SAS as the pre-program engineering deputy director for electric vehicles. In this role, he led early product development and managed collaboration with Nissan and other global partners. Paye was also Renault’s vehicle engineering deputy director for mid-size current models, overseeing worldwide value engineering and product upgrades for the company’s largest and most profitable vehicle line — which was produced in seven facilities and was distributed in 140 countries. Paye’s more than 14 years of automotive industry experience also includes positions at Ford Motor Company. While there, he was program management leader for the Mustang and launch leader for the 2005 Mustang convertible. In addition, he worked as a production superintendent, plant vehicle team engineer and design and release engineer for North American Car product development. Paye received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, a Master of Science degree in solid-state physics and a doctorate in physics from the École Polytechnique in France. He also completed postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a joint manufacturing and business master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
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About Achates Power: Achates Power specializes in the fields of combustion engine development, clean diesel, and 2-stroke oil control management.
Founder & COO of Z-Bikez
Chinese language translator and business consultant by trade for over 7 years. Having always been fascinated with East Asia and studied the region for most of my life. Lived in East Asia for over a decade and attained the highest measure of Chinese language ability, HSK lvl 6, and take pride in having a deep and functional understanding of their business culture. Focused on bridging the gap between Chinese and US business with our evolving global ecosystem, in the years to come.
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About Z-Bikez: Z-Bikez is a local Austin start-up dedicated to bringing affordable, reliable, and practical two-wheeled electric vehicles to the U.S.
COO of Charge Bliss
Jon is responsible for CBI’s daily operations and is a passionate steward of all clean energy. He has significant experience managing multiple, large projects with a wide variety of scope.
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About Charge Bliss: Charge Bliss was organized in 2011 to combine intelligent technologies for building energy management with electric vehicle charging.
COO of Oxygen Initiative
Mike has over a decade of experience in the e-mobility and smart grid sectors, managing diverse portfolios of clean energy initiatives focused on vehicle electrification, advanced energy storage, and behind-the-meter distributed and renewable generation.
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About Oxygen Initiative: Oxygen Initiative is a global leader in intelligent electric vehicle charging infrastructure.