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.




24 NOV 2022 The London-based smart car technology company with strong connections to China is the latest piece in Geely’s global auto ambitions   Key Takeaways: Geely-backed Ecarx says it expects to complete its U.S. SPAC listing by the end of this year, valuing the......

Media Source : Reuters 31 OCT 2022 The joint venture that makes Jeeps in China will file for bankruptcy, partners Stellantis (STLA.MI) and Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) said on Monday, after a long decline for the oldest foreign auto brand in the world’s largest car......

Media Source : CGTN Click here to the audio link Automobility’s Founder & CEO Bill Russo shared his observations on the importance of the 2022 Chengdu Auto Show, recent trends in the China auto market, and the underlying reasons behind the secular and generational shift......



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......

A sharp deceleration in new car sales continued in China last month, with a steady rise in New Energy Vehicle sales, along with an expanding market for used cars. Through August, 1.81 million NEVs (mainly BEV and PHEV) were sold, almost three times higher than the......

With the release of July sales results, we can see that the consumer interest in Electric Vehicles is at an all-time high, and several other interesting trends are also worth noting. Year-over-year comparisons are rather meaningless this year, since the first half of 2020 was......


 Sep 29 – Nov 10, 2022   The 59th edition of our Automobility Pulse Check introduces a new format to highlight relevant funding rounds of mobility startups, and now highlights “Featured Startups” from our EXCELerate pipeline. These companies fit our Digital Internet of Mobility thesis and have......

NEV sales momentum continues with continued domination of BYD Post-lockdown stimulus measures inflate sales of low-priced gasoline powered vehicles Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. 2.6 million vehicles were sold in China in September, the highest selling month thus far in 2022. While this......

4th Edition  – Oct 13, 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 view that......

NEV sales through August surpass the full 2021 calendar year Stimulus measures spark weak recovery in ICE sales, which are down nearly 2 million units so far in 2022 Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. It appears to be the right......

Jul 21 – Aug 28, 2022 This issue highlights SAIC Motor’s ride-hailing unit raising $148 million in the second round of fundraising to launch a commercial ride-hailing service. StradVision finalized its close of $88 miliion Series C fundraising to develop accessible AI-assisted driving tech. Onto,......

July sales continue an incentives-fueled recovery that began last month   NEV July share of sales climbs to 24.5% and stands at 22.3% in 2022 Comments from Bill Russo, Founder & CEO of Automobility Ltd. Auto sales in July continued to point to a modest recovery that......


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