Company

Open Motors® is a B2B company, backed by Y Combinator, based in Silicon Valley and Beijing, developing a complete Electric Vehicle called ‘EDIT‘.

‘EDIT’ is a strategic EV, engineered and cost optimized for MaaS providers (Uber/DiDi), that has:

  1. the lowest TCO (Total cost of ownership) thanks to the advanced modular technology of the entire vehicle based on an open architecture, including swappable batteries that allow a full energy charge in less than 5 minutes

  2. the lowest cost of infrastructure for swapping and charging stations (>10 times more efficient than BetterPlace, Tesla, NIO Swapping battery)
  3. hardware upgradeability for the most advanced technologies in Self-Driving, Connected Cars and Batteries giving every vehicle a 10 times lifespan over other cars.

Mission

Open Motors’ mission is to accelerate MaaS’ transition to first profitability at scale with an open and sustainable approach.

Founders

Over 10 years in automotive & electric vehicles; 8 years in innovation.
Worked for Giugiaro (among the top Engineering & Design companies Worldwide, now owned by Volkswagen, famous for engineering and designing vehicles such as Lamborghini, Maserati, Lotus, Volkswagen Golf, Delorean DMC).
Developed: project management of a complete Electric Vehicle called MyCar back in 2003, as an internal project in Giugiaro, the entire project was sold to an Asian Group called Innovech, later sold it to an American Group called Green Tech. Tin Hang, Liu

Founder & CEO

Since 2005 experience in automotive, international business, branding & market strategy in Europe and Asia, M&A, executive management, administration, real estate in USA.
Involved in the MyCar Electric Vehicle project in Giugiaro since 2003: purchasing parts from Tier 1 suppliers, managing external contractors. Yuki Liu

Co-Founder & COO

Over 30 years of experience in automotive both in Europe and Asia. Worked for Italdesign Giugiaro since 1999, and in the R&D of vehicles for remarkable companies such as Lamborghini, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Brilliance, etc.

He contributed in the set up of new car projects for several Chinese car manufacturers. Among others, Qoros in Shanghai, developing successfully 4 production cars (SUV, Hatch, and Sedan) and several Chinese EV startups.

Gianni Arena

Co-Founder & Automotive Technical Director

Team Experience

We involved more than 35 people

Timeline

Advisors

Y Combinator

Y Combinator

Startup Accelerator

Probably the best advisors in the World. They helped startup like Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Reddit, Twitch, Cruise to become successful companies.
Plug and Play

Plug and Play

Startup Accelerator

Great advisors with a vertical focus in New Mobility, connected to Auto OEMs such as Daimler and Tier 1 suppliers such as Bosch, Valeo, Panasonic, Webasto.
ReadWrite Lab

ReadWrite Lab

Hardware Startup Accelerator

High-level mentors like Brian Solis, Robert Scoble, and Yobie Benjamin
Simone Cicero

Simone Cicero

Open Source Strategist

Learning how Platforms, Peers and Partners work together. Creator of Platform Design Toolkit.