Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows: Humphrey Wrey

Quick Bus founder and managing director takes on transportation developments in Africa

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Across a continent where flying can be prohibitively expensive, Humphrey Wrey imagined a service that would formalize, rate and compare long-distance bus travel. Quick Bus was born—and an industry was modernized. Through a smartphone (or basic one), users can book transit in advance and offer feedback on carriers and experiences. Wrey’s impact reaches from comfort to safety. Prior to Quick Bus, Wrey worked in several African …

Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows: Gene Berdichevsky

The Sila Nanotechnologies co-founder is working to revolutionize the batteries that drive our cars

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Gene Berdichevsky, co-founder and CEO of Oakland-based Sila Nanotechnologies, is working to power tomorrow’s vehicles. After moving on from engineering one of the first mass-produced lithium-ion batteries for cars, Berdichevsky (who has co-authored some 42 patents) hopes to improve battery density and ultimately lower their cost. This, he explains, will ease in the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Berdichevsky—one of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows at Summit LA—is …

Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows: Alisyn Malek

May Mobility uses autonomous technology and a community-driven approach

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COO and co-founder of May Mobility, Alisyn Malek is another of the 10 inventive and optimistic Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows at Summit LA. Currently based in Detroit, Malek is working with autonomous technology—an industry in which she has a rich history in—to tackle mobility issues facing communities. An engineer by trade, she is using a community-driven approach to broaden the accessibility of new technologies and to make lives better …