Automobility - Building and Profiting from the Future of Mobility
Creating the Future of Mobility
venture capital, investment advisory, automotive, management consulting, legal services, merchant banking
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Mobility needs, previously satisfied through product “ownership”, are increasingly being served through mobility services “usership” with profound implications not only for traditional businesses within the value chain, but also for new entrants – as they compete to deliver services. Connected mobility, which we define as “technology-enabled on-demand mobility services for moving people and goods from point A to B”, has become a disruptive, paradigm-changing development in the automotive industry. It requires a complete rethinking of the way to deliver value to the market. 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


Automobility emphasizes on building the intelligence of mobility by linking the product innovations to inter-connect, electrify, and automate (physical internet of mobility) with the business to solve the pain points of consumers (digital internet of mobility). The main themes are:

1. On-Demand Mobility

2. Intelligent Mobility

3. Personalized Mobility

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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 Director, 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

Investment and BD Director, 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


Consultant with a degree in automotive engineering and project experience in automotive and mobility sector, including industry analysis, market entry, market growth and post-investment activities.

Amber Shu


Financial analyst with a master's degree in finance, with experience in banking, portfolio management and financial analysis.

Emma Liu

Financial Analyst

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


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.




Ozy, May 20, 2020 As their U.S. rivals sit idle, China’s self-driving startups are looking to close the gap   In March, as the leading self-driving car companies in the U.S. suspended testing because of the coronavirus, the Chinese startup AutoX accelerated its plans. It opened......

The Wire China, June 14, 2020 The electric vehicle company NIO was about to crash, but many think Beijing, intent on dominating the industry, grabbed the wheel.   BY DAN XIN HUANG Last December, the electric vehicle company NIO hosted its annual celebration for customers......

The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2020 Government struggles to spark interest as consumers turn more to traditional vehicles By Trefor Moss This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of......

S&P Global, April 29, 2020 Author: Soon Chen Kang Theme: Retail & Consumer Products China’s decision to extend subsidies and exemptions for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles until 2022 is unlikely to significantly boost sales in this category, given the stronger effects the government’s wider initiatives......

The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2020 Roughly $1 billion investment entitles state-owned entities to 24.1% stake in electric-vehicle maker’s China unit By Trefor Moss SHANGHAI— NIO Inc., the embattled electric-vehicle startup once feted as China’s answer to Tesla Inc., has secured a financial lifeline from......

Radio France Internationale, April 17, 2020 Click here for a link to the podcast  French automaker Renault says its China operations will from now focus exclusively on electric vehicles, after it pulled out of a joint venture with Wuhan manufacturer Dongfeng, which produces conventional internal combustion engines.......



The Rebound of China’s Automotive Market China’s automotive market, already in a multi-year decline, has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, China’s auto sales were slashed by 42.4 percent year-on-year, with the passenger vehicle (PV) segment plunging......

LinkedIn Pulse, April 2020 by Bill Russo, Bevin Jacob, Emily Wang and Amber Shu The Chinese automotive market is showing positive signs of a steady recovery since February when the country was under lockdown. As shown in Figure 1, the year-over-year change in daily average......

by Bill Russo and Edward Tse Over the past several years, app-based digital services have exploded in China, with its over 800 million mobile internet users.  China’s digital economy is providing affordable and convenient access to products and services, which typically involve some form of people and/or......

by Bill Russo, Bevin Jacob, Emily Wang and Amber Shu Throughout history, convenience and user experience have typically shaped our choices when it comes to transportation. People are inherently mobile creatures and some of history’s greatest inventions – wheels, bicycles, steamships, trains, cars, and airplanes –......



June 4 – July 8, 2020 We are pleased to share issue #35 of our newsletter on global investments in the auto & mobility sector. In this issue, we feature Amazon‘s acquisition of AV startup Zoox. This adds an autonomous vehicle technology platform to Amazon’s......

June 2020 We have launched a new format and name for our EXCELerate newsletter highlighting development milestones achieved by Automobility Ltd’s portfolio companies. This issue features presentations from the Auto|Mobility Tech Startup 5 Online Workshop held on May 12, including the panel discussion on the......

May 27 – June 3, 2020 We are pleased to share issue #34 of our newsletter on global investments in the auto & mobility sector. Our lead story is Volkswagen AG’s series of investments with Chinese EV firms as the automaker accelerates its push into......

May 18 – May 26, 2020 We are pleased to share issue #33 of our newsletter on global investments in the auto & mobility sector. This issue features several investments into last-mile delivery providers and logistics optimization startups which underlines the continuous attention received by......

May 9 – May 17, 2020 We are pleased to share issue #32 of our newsletter on global investments in the auto & mobility sector. Our lead story in Issue 32 is Waymo raising another $750 million in funding from multiple financial investors, which is......

April 25 – May 8, 2020 We are pleased to share issue #31 of our newsletter on global investments in the auto & mobility sector. In light of COVID-19, several recent deals infused much- needed cash into struggling ventures, such as NIO and Lime. This issue......


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Automobility Ltd Shanghai
Suite 2518, Corporate Avenue One, No.222 Hubin Rd,
Shanghai China 200021
Tel +86 6121 3600


Automobility Ltd Hong Kong
RM 2507, 25/F C C Wu Bldg 302, Hennessy Rd,
Wanchai, Hong Kong


Automobility Ltd Israel
101 Rokach Blvd, Tel Aviv, 6153101, Israel