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The German mobility provider Sono Motors is extending the company's current Community Funding Campaign until January 20, 2020.
In a two-day voting among Sion reservation holders, nearly 94 percent of the supporters decided to extend the campaign beyond December 30, 2019. Within four weeks, 32.5 million euros had already gone into the first community funding initiative of this kind. Of this amount, 28 percent is accounted for by new reservations and around 68 percent by 4,056 supporters, who have increased the down payment for their existing reservations. Of these, 746 supporters have already paid the full price of the Sion.
As of today, the campaign to further fund the Sion has already generated 33.2 million euros and is thus already one of the largest community funding initiatives in Europe. The original campaign goal of 50 million euros will be maintained.
All campaign figures will be displayed daily on sonomotors.com from January 03, 2020.
Editor's note: This Disruptive Leadership article originally appeared Fleet Management Weekly in July 2019.
Enterprises that don’t embrace disruption and facilitate the role of the Chief Disruption Officer within their company risk finding themselves on the list of giants who have fallen
By John Wysseier, CEO and President, The CEI Group
Last month, I wrote that for an organization to embrace disruptive innovation for long-term survival, it takes leadership — not just from the CEO, but from the entire C-suite of senior executives. Today, I want to consider another essential ingredient: a Chief Disruption Officer or CDO.
I want to start by pointing out that there is some ambiguity about this title. For some, CDO stands for Chief Digital Officer, more of a technology-focused position, while for others, the Chief Disruption Officer is a position that combines equal measures of expertise in sales, marketing, operations and strategy in addition to a grasp of digital technology. Yet, others bridge this divide by adding another D, and calling the position Chief Digital and Disruption Officer, or CDDO.
After hundreds of hours of test drives, research and evaluation by independent jurors, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Kia Telluride and Jeep Gladiator were revealed as the winners of the 2020 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year< (NACTOY) awards at TCF Center in Detroit.
These awards are unique and among the most prestigious in the industry because they are chosen by a panel of 50 respected jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada – rather than by a single publication or media outlet.
Overall U.S. car sales might be declining, but there was no shortage of compelling, innovative contenders this year. When the ballots were counted, jurors selected Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as the car that stood out among its competition.
Nearly half of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was made up of products related, in one way or another, to the automobile, including the strange and quirky.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR was inspired by the film Avatar, its director James Cameron helping introduce the electric show car. Fully electric and autonomous - it doesn’t even have a steering wheel. It showcased some intriguing technology, including a control system that bionically links to the driver.
The Hyundai S-A1 isn’t your typical automotive concept vehicle. It’s a mock-up of a flying taxi, part of a new partnership between the Korean carmaker and Uber. If all goes according to plan, the ride-sharing giant wants to kick off its new flying taxi service, Uber Elevate, in three cities in 2023.
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.
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Daimler has been working to commercialize fuel cell vehicles since the 1990s, and though it currently offers the F-Cell sport-utility vehicle in a few markets, the parent of Mercedes-Benz is shifting its focus to heavy trucks and buses, says R&D chief Markus Schäfer.
Toyota is applying decades of hydrogen R&D to serve as the core power source for “Woven City,” the futuristic neighborhood it plans to construct near Mount Fuji starting next year. Situated on the site of a shuttered Toyota assembly plant, it’s to be a showplace for clean tech, mobility experiments, AI-enabled everything and next-generation architecture that will be home to 2,000 residents.
Read the article at Forbes.