• EV Enthusiasm Is Building Momentum in Europe – but Will it Last? 

    By Marc Amblard, Founder & Managing Director, Orsay Consulting When I assessed the likely impact of the current crisis on EV growth back in April, I anticipated Europe would benefit most. I predicted the USA would be negatively impacted — with the possible exception of California — whereas China would remain at pre-crisis levels, i.e. flat vs. […]

  • How will the Covid-19 Crisis impact the Electrification of Mobility?

    By Marc Amblard, Founder & Managing Director, Orsay Consulting The spread of coronavirus has caused massive havoc around the world, most importantly concerning the health and well-being of the population. We will collectively come out of this crisis at some point. However, many aspects of our lives and economies will look very different post-crisis than they […]

  • Zero Pollution Vision: Europe’s Main Goal

    By Clara Anderson, Digital Communication Strategist, Meep Transition to electric buses. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Greater passenger comfort. Or even reducing noise in urban areas.  These are only some of Europe’s goals when establishing objectives concerning the major shift that urban mobility is currently experiencing.  In 2014, China set the lead for a transformation […]

  • The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Mobike in Europe

    By Alexandre Gauquelin, Founder, Shared Micromobility and Julien Chamussy, Co-Founder & Vice President of Marketing, fluctuo Mobike and ofo, the Chinese dockless bike-sharing pioneers, became a global phenomenon in 2017 when tens of thousands of red & yellow bikes were deployed in the streets of Western cities. This first major international expansion of Chinese Mobility […]

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    Chinese Tech Giants’ Quest for Environmental Sustainability

    By Greg Grigorian, Head of Partnerships, Pandaily As the teenage eco-activist Greta Thunberg scolded the UN over environmental protection in New York, on the opposite side of the globe, in Beijing, people were going about their lives as usual – riding bikes and electric scooters, receiving deliveries in biodegradable packaging and preparing to learn how to […]

  • China’s Quest to Win the EV/AV Race in a Warming World

    By Ross Douglas, Founder & CEO, Autonomy I was recently invited by China EV100 to participate in the Global Future Mobility Forum in Deqing, outside of Hangzhou. The city is famous for Alibaba being headquartered there. The Chinese government plans to make it even more famous by making it the centre of their EV and […]

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    China’s Sharing Economy Matured When It Seemed to Be Wilting

    By Greg Grigorian, Head of Partnerships, Pandaily Agile and astute, Du, a freelance translator in his mid-twenties feels at home in Beijing’s narrow traditional alleys called hutong. He effortlessly circumvents hordes of gawking sightseers, dodges advances from pesky peddlers and disappears in a doorway of a pharmacy. “I need to return something,” he utters hastily. The gangly […]

  • China’s Evolving Mobility Trends: An Interview with Daizong Liu

    Interview conducted by Yuchen Tang, Head of Chinese Markets, Autonomy Daizong Liu is the Director of China at the World Resources Institute Ross Center. Having worked in urban transportation planning for nearly two decades, could you describe some key trends that you have seen throughout your career in China?Is it true that China is entering […]

  • How Nio, Byton, Lucid, Rivian and others emulate Tesla

    By Marc Amblard, Managing Director, Orsay Consulting Incumbent Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) were established at least 60 years ago. They operate in a low margin business, with complex products and supply chains, combined with high volumes. There has been significant consolidation among OEMs to bring economies of scale. Outsourcing shot up in the 80’s and […]

  • The Future of Urban Mobility: China’s Electric Horizon

    By Ross Douglas, Founder & CEO, Autonomy The Future of Urban Mobility Series: Part I China, the most populated country and number one polluter in the world, is currently facing an urban mobility crisis. Looking for an effective solution, the government has bet on electric vehicles by introducing subsidies, green plates, and investing in charging […]

  • Diesel vehicles, chronicle of a death foretold

    Long since presented as the most efficient means of powering cars and other vehicles, diesel is now under heavy scrutiny in particular due to its negative impacts on public health. Diesel engines produce a dangerous amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and fine particles, which can no longer be ignored in the context of the fight against pollution. […]