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 :’s latest Audio Interview “China’s EV Industry: 2022 and Beyond” features Bill Russo. Mr. Russo is the Founder and CEO of Shanghai-based Automobility Limited, a strategy and investment advisory firm helping clients to create the future of mobility. His over 35 years of......

Click here to the video link Discussion topic: $4,500 for an EV? China looking to export cheap electric cars Markham Hislop interviews Bill Russo, CEO at Automobility, about the potential for small, cheap Chinese electric cars....

Media Source : WIRED Zeng Yuqun is China’s most prolific battery billionaire. His ascent has major implications for a world increasingly reliant on electric vehicles. PHOTOGRAPH: QILAI SHEN/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES The headquarters of battery giant CATL tower over the coastal Chinese city of Ningde. To the......

Media Source : Reuters 26 MAY 2022   By Norihiko Shirouzu Buick’s electric vehicle(EV) Velite 6 of GM is unveiled during the media day for Shanghai auto show in Shanghai, China April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo BEIJING, May 26 (Reuters) – If global automakers think......

Media Source : NIKKEI Widespread lockdowns dent consumer spending; vehicle sales plunge 16 MAY 2022 by CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer Tesla’s factory in Shanghai temporarily shut most production amid citywide lockdowns. © Reuters SHANGHAI–China’s key economic data tumbled in April as virus lockdowns, including......

Media Source : CGTN Click here to the audio link Bill Russo, Founder and CEO of Automobility Limited commented on CGTN 24 Hours Ukraine Crisis regarding the impact of the Ukraine Crisis on the Automotive Industry on April 16, 2022....



China lockdowns force a market contraction   Already facing numerous headwinds, the auto market collapses in April under the weight of severe COVID lockdowns   Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. Covid related lockdowns in China’s auto hubs Shanghai and Jilin......

Will Supply Chain Disruptions Halt the Rise of EV? Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. Overall automotive sales in February were up 19.4% year-over-year (YOY) in China, which when combined with a positive month of January sales, represent a solid opening......

Chinese companies are leading the commercialization of electric and autonomous vehicle technology   Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. Overall automotive sales in January were up 0.9% in China, leading to the first positive year-over-year month since April 2021. It is......

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......

HARBIN (China Daily/Asia News Network): On the campus of Harbin Engineering University in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, a “deliveryman” wound its way steadily among teachers and students. Upon arriving at a dormitory building, the ‘deliveryman’ called 25 students who ordered the food at the same......


Jun 13 – Jul 20, 2022 This issue highlights funding rounds for EV charging startups leading the race for a $207 billion market. US-based providers of fast electric vehicle recharging such as EVCS and Electrify America have raised more capital along with fleet operator and......

Apr 23 – Jun 12, 2022 This issue highlights more capital being deployed to the used car industry as startups have entered the market with easier-to-use platforms. And with the ongoing supply chain disruptions, the premium on used cars has increased. Among the digital used......

Easing of lockdown restrictions along with fresh stimulus results in a moderate sales recovery in June EV sales surge to a record high and remain the only growth segment in a slowing China economy Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. China’s......

3rd Edition – July 18, 2022 This quarterly newsletter features companies from our EXCELerate pipeline that are actively fundraising and aim to close rounds in the next 3-6 months. Automobility’s EXCELerate Pipeline and Internet of Mobility Thesis The core of our thesis revolves around our......

March 11 – April 22, 2022 This issue highlights the establishment of a S$30 million Autonomous Vehicle Centre of Excellence by ComfortDelGro’s venture capital fund as it seeks to future-proof itself. The aim is to develop a technology platform to support the delivery of mobility services using......

February 11 – March 10, 2022 This issue highlights the accelerated development of public EV charging infrastructure. US-based startups Revel and Our Next Energy secured new funding as well as Europe-based GreenWay. Germany-based eVTOL developer Volocopter has raised capital in its Series E funding round to......


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