The world's great manufacturing juggernaut—the $2 trillion automotive industry—is in the throes of a revolution. Its future will include cars Henry Ford and Karl Benz could scarcely have imagined. They will drive themselves, won't consume oil, and will come in radical shapes and sizes, but the path to that future is fraught. The top contenders are two traditional manufacturing giants, the United States and Japan, and a newcomer, China.
Team America has a powerful and little known weapon in its arsenal: a small group of technology buffs and regulators from California. The story of why and how these men and women could shape the future—how you move, how you work, how you live on earth—is an unexpected tale filled with unforgettable characters: a scorned chemistry professor, a South African visionary who went for broke, an ambitious Chinese expat, a quixotic Japanese nuclear engineer, and a string of billion—dollar wagers by governments and corporations.
Dr. Levi Tillemann brings a unique combination of energy—sector knowledge and policy expertise to his analysis. He was the founder and CEO of a clean energy startup named IRIS Engines, spent five years as Pulitzer Prize Winner Daniel Yergin's research and writing assistant at IHS, and recently finished a presidential appointment advising the U.S. Department of Energy on policy and international affairs. He is currently the Jeff and Cal Leonard Fellow at New America.
His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Fortune, The Washington Post, Denver Post, and other publications. Tillemann leverages his connections within the political and energy world to gain extraordinary access to the most compelling stories of the world's technological, innovation and energy landscape. In addition to English, he speaks four languages (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese). He is the author of The Great Race (Simon and Schuster 2015), a book on leadership, strategy and innovation in the global auto industry. He holds a BA from Yale and a MA and PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan and China.