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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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.




A Conversation with CEO Bill Russo on the Future of Mobility About Bill Russo Figure 1: Mr. Bill Russo Bill Russo is the Founder and CEO of Automobility Ltd, a strategy and investment advisory firm that helps its clients to build and profit from the future of......

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......



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......

By Bill Russo and Edward Tse | China Daily Global Original Source: China Daily, 2021-04-14 09:23 Gao Feng Advisory CEO Dr. Edward Tse’s article entitled, “Auto Industry Gets Smart, Adapts to Market Changes” (co-authored with Bill Russo) was published on China Daily on 14th April. Dr. Tse......

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......


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......


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Wanchai, Hong Kong


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101 Rokach Blvd, Tel Aviv, 6153101, Israel