Automobility - Building and Profiting from the Future of Mobility
Creating the Future of Mobility
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In recent years, we have witnessed successive waves of technology innovation that are transforming the automotive industry. Mobility needs are increasingly being served through a user-centric business model, which has triggered the entry of a new class of competitors that see the vehicle as a rolling smart device that is monetized as a digital platform. We are at the inflection point of a secular shift and exponential rise of the electric and shortly thereafter followed by autonomous mobility technology. This is paradigm-changing development in the automotive industry, requiring a complete rethinking of the way to deliver value to the users of these smart mobility devices.


To succeed, companies must expand their focus from the product (the automobile) to the utility derived from the product (“automobility”), and create a business model and digital ecosystem optimized to provide digitally enabled solutions for both car owners and mobility services users.


Automobility engages with clients to build and profit from the future of mobility through a portfolio of consulting, scouting, investment and business development services. To learn more about our thesis on the future of mobility, click here



The world’s leading global expert on the development of the automotive industry and the future of mobility. Nearly 4 decades of experience in the auto, electronics and information technology industries. Currently serving as the Chair of the Automotive Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

Bill Russo

Founder and CEO

A tech enthusiast with expertise in business innovation, investment advisory, and go-to-market execution, Bevin will use his experience to foster sustainable solutions. He has served early stage start-ups, mature global companies and intra-prenuerial businesses.

Bevin Jacob

Partner and Co-Founder

A broad experience of over 2 decades in the hi-tech industry, working across a range of management roles and leading dozens of large scale multi-million dollar technological projects with major international companies. He brings experience in B2B to B2C transitions including development of new ecosystems and business models.

Uri Kushnir

Managing Partner, Israel
Stav Shvartz

Cross-border investment professional, with experience working and living on 4 continents with deep expertise in the Chinese automotive sector. Over a decade of strategy and business development experience, working with OEMs, startups, tech conglomerates and banks.

Stav Shvartz

Managing Partner, Israel

Lead consultant and engagement manager with experience in new market entry, M&A pipeline and due diligence, organization structure, and business model design.

Emily Wang

Benjamin Fan

Experienced strategy and management consultant expertise in market research, market entry, marketing and branding strategy and organization optimization, etc. Passionate about the future of automobile, he is ready to bring insight and know-how from consumer goods and healthcare industry to shape the future with clients.

Benjamin Fan

Senior Consultant
Twyla Zhang

Had both communication marketing and consulting experiences in cross-industry sectors, including energy, automotive, FMCG, finance and healthcare. Led projects in market entry, market insights, marketing communications, new products development, etc. Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from CEIBS.

Twyla Zhang

Senior Consultant

Office manager with proven experience in multinational organizations working in professional sales and administrative assistant roles.

Emma Ren

Office Manager
Philippe Thegner

A wealth of expertise with particular focus on Automotive Aftermarket, Aftermarket Retail, Business Development, P&L Management, Product Management and Global Sourcing. Currently serving as Chair of the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Association in China.

Philippe Thegner

Senior Advisor
Jayce Lu

Previous experiences as a financial consultant cover a wide range of industries, including energy, automotive, finance and Internet industry. Previously at PwC as a Senior Associate, he held successful track record in IPO consulting and PE buyouts. He is also an experienced investment manager who was heavily involved in fund operations, project investment and post-investment management.

Jayce Lu



Automobility provides investment advisory, merchant banking and business development services for investors, corporations and startups.

Our portfolio companies are curated based on their fit and relevancy to our thesis on the future of mobility, with a particular emphasis on markets with a high potential to commercialize their technology.




Media Source : Reuters 17 MAR 2023 BEIJING, March 17 (Reuters) – SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co is offering 3.7 billion yuan ($537 million) in cash subsidies for car purchases in China, joining more than 40 brands in slashing prices ahead of a change in emissions......

Click here to the Audio Link Media Source : CNBC In the recent CNBC interview, Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Limited also commented that Tesla faces tough price competition from Chinese electric vehicle makers after Chinese battery maker CATL reportedly offered to sell its batteries......

Click here to the Audio Link Media Source : CNBC Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility discussed China’s EV sector outlook on CNBC recently and commented that BYD owns five of the top 10-selling electric vehicle models in China, and upcoming brands like Nio and Li Auto......

Media Source : The Electri by Steve LeVine The EV race has barely begun and already two companies have taken a seemingly unassailable lead. This week, we look at how front-runners Tesla and China’s BYD managed to get so far ahead. Byd displays its electric......

Media Source : THE WIRE CHINA 26 FEB 2023 Can Tom Zhu replicate Tesla’s China success abroad? BY KATRINA NORTHROP FEBRUARY 26, 2023 The most cited detail about Tom Zhu, the Tesla executive who runs the company’s China operations, is that he is extremely hard......

Media Source: Global Auto Industry Click here to the Audio’s latest Audio Interview “China’s Automotive Industry: 2022 Review and 2023 Outlook” features Bill Russo. Mr. Russo is the Shanghai-based Founder and CEO of Automobility Limited, a strategy and investment advisory firm helping its clients to create......

Media Source: Rueters 27 JAN 2023 By Abhirup Roy and Kevin Krolicki Jan 26 (Reuters) – Elon Musk has a playbook for Tesla (TSLA.O) headed into what he believes will be a “serious” recession: cut costs on everything from parts to logistics, while keeping the......



By Bill Russo and Howard Chao China abruptly dropped its draconian zero-COVID policies and reopened to the world in December of last year, a complete about-face. The Chinese authorities originally stated (and the world believed) that China would wind down these policies gradually, and the......

By Bill Russo, Twyla Zhang and Benjamin Fan Key Takeaways: China’s automotive market will continue to grow due to an expanding and aging car population. The secular shift to connected, electric and autonomous mobility will change the mix of cars being serviced and will fundamentally......

The CES 2023 show featured plenty of exhibitors advancing two of the most compelling technology megatrends of the future, namely sustainability and human security. We scanned for technology trends at CES that enable revenue and profit opportunities in the new “automobility” business model enabled by......

Local brands now sell the majority of vehicles in China Market consolidation looms as the NEV market remains concentrated and is dominated by BYD   Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. Total vehicle retail sales declined 7.7% versus the previous November,......

Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd.   General Observations In 2021, China passed the inflection point of a secular and generational shift with a corresponding exponential rise of Smart EV technology. Automakers are now reallocating capital plans and investing in electric mobility platforms......

Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. The China auto market is experiencing a secular shift to electrification, which we covered in our recent November update titled The Inexorable Rise of Electric Vehicles in China. In this update we highlighted the fact......

NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. Overall automotive industry sales through November remain up 4.5% in China when compared with the same period of 2020, with passenger vehicles up 7.1% and commercial vehicle sales down 5.3%. Through November,......

2.333 million vehicles were sold in October 2021, a decrease of 19.6 percent when compared with October 2020.  Overall calendar year sales through October remain up 6.4% when compared with the same period of 2020, with passenger vehicles up 8.8% and commercial vehicle sales down......

In/Around/Beyond Internet of Energy (IoE) Architecture   By Bill Russo, Bevin Jacob, Benjamin Fan, and Twyla Zhang The automotive industry is on the front line of a high-tech battle for sustainable economic development – and control of the supply chain of materials needed to power......

China auto sales recorded its first month-over-month increase since March, with 2.067 million units sold in September. Overall sales through the 3rd quarter remain up when compared with the same period of 2020, but the industry will struggle to match the last year’s 25.2 million......

By Bill Russo, Bevin Jacob, Twyla Zhang and Benjamin Fan We stand at the inflection point of a secular shift and exponential rise of connected, electric and autonomous mobility technology.  A new “Internet of Mobility” (IoM) business model has emerged in the 21st Century which is highly embedded in......


EV Price War Engulfs the Entire Auto Industry Discounts are not offsetting weakened consumer demand Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. Early Weakness Expected in 2023 Monthly year-over-year comparisons are less relevant for January and February due to the variation in......

Feb 1 – Mar 12, 2023 The 62nd edition of our Automobility Pulse Check features relevant funding rounds of mobility startups, and highlights “Featured Startups” from our EXCELerate pipeline. These startups fit our Digital Internet of Mobility thesis and have recently completed a funding round......

5th Edition  – Mar 3, 2023 This quarterly newsletter features companies from our Automobility EXCELerate pipeline that are actively fundraising and aim to close rounds in the next 3-6 months. Internet of Mobility Thesis The core of our thesis revolves around our view that digital disruption......

We are very pleased to share the 41st Edition of Automobility’s EXCELerate pipeline. As always, we are continually scanning the global mobility technology landscape to curate excellent investment opportunities that we believe offer differentiated solutions which fit our “Internet of Mobility” (IoM) and Energy Transition......

China Auto Market heads into the new year with a down month   Weak January sales were anticipated due to several factors Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. January Vehicle sales in China were down ~35%, owing to several factors. The......

Dec 10, 2022 – Jan 31, 2023 The 61st edition of our Automobility Pulse Check features relevant funding rounds of mobility startups, and highlights “Featured Startups” from our EXCELerate pipeline. These startups fit our Digital Internet of Mobilitythesis and have recently completed a funding round......


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