The little range-extended powertrain that could
As Wrightspeed co-founder and CEO Ian Wright likes to say, electric cars are a step in the right direction, but the energy and fuel savings are minimal compared to what can be achieved by tackling the worst emission emitters on our streets today – commercial fleets. A drop-in replacement for today's conventional piston engine and transmission systems, Wrightspeed's the Route™ is a range-extended electric vehicle powertrain that provides dramatic fuel cost reductions for today's refuse, delivery and mass transit markets. An Edison Award winner and recent TEDx speaker on "How Jet-Powered Garbage Trucks Can Save the World," Ian Wright's recent piece for WEF "The Question We Really Should be Asking About Electric Cars" is a compelling take on EVs and economics.
The Technology Pioneers were selected from among hundreds of applicants. A selection committee of 68 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact, working prototype, viability and leadership. Past recipients and mc² portfolio clients include Proterra (2014) and Blue Oak Resources (2015). More on this year's Technology Pioneers can be found here: http://wef.ch/techpioneers
"Since our inception just three years ago, one third of our portfolio clients have been selected by the World Economic Forum for their sustainable contributions to the world," said mc² CEO, Caroline Venza. "At a time when we're radically reinventing business models, materials, global supply chains and resources, this acknowledgment by WEF fuels our determination to shine the light on meaningful innovators."
Forging the path to a new world in which renewable resources, sustainable materials and business models coexist, then ultimately replace, fossil-based incumbents is no small feat. It hinges on radical innovation and market evangelism powerful enough to incite a sea change. MissionCTRL Communications (mc²) was founded to serve this need. A strategic communications consultancy serving innovators at the intersection of science and technology, mc² is partnered with some of the boldest future-tech pioneers today. Visit us at www.missionC2.com and follow us on Twitter @MissionC2.
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