The transportation sector generates an enormous amount of GHG emissions, representing the largest share of total U.S. emissions, largely from internal combustion engine vehicles. This, and the fact that mobility is highly correlated with economic opportunity and quality of life, guides our investment in new mobility solutions.
Funding Startups Addressing Urgent Environmental Challenges
What technologies are we looking for?
- Affordable, appealing, & reliable mobility options for those most in need – super commuters, seniors & frontline communities
- Behavior change solutions to reduce single-occupancy vehicles
- Increased convenience, appeal & access to electric transportation
- Reduced emissions in heavy freight, shipping, logistics, & air travel
- Enhanced roadway infrastructure safety, resiliency & disaster planning
Despite the recent flood of new mobility solutions entering the industry, for the most part we’re still avoiding the elephant in the room — cars. With personal vehicle ownership and overall car trips continuing to climb, GHG emissions are soaring, traffic is increasing in almost every city, and large and mostly empty vessels are polluting the frontline neighborhoods that all too often house our freeways and major roadways. We need to redirect the brainpower and investment that has come into the transportation sector to ensure that we’re on a path toward transitioning to a fully clean and equitable mobility ecosystem.
Accelerating Companies Through Key Commercial Inflection Points
Chargetrip Deployed Alongside An Elemental Corporate Partner
After completing the Go-to-Market track Chargetrip was awarded special funding from Elemental to partner with Vector, New Zealand's largest utility, to deploy a project aimed at optimizing charging times and balancing the grid by equalizing and dispersing electric mobility.Chargetrip >
Swiftly Is Making Transit More Reliable & Affordable
Through Elemental’s Equity & Access track Swiftly partnered with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to build a system to analyze and predict bus wait times, creating a more enjoyable and reliable transit experience for people to connect with the people, places, and jobs they need to get to.Swiftly >
Ampaire Is Taking Flight
Ampaire is making the future of electric aviation a reality today by retrofitting existing aircraft with a hybrid-electric propulsion system. Through Elemental’s Demonstration track and in partnership with Mokulele Airlines in Maui, the company is on track to fly customers by 2021 and start putting a dent in the massive carbon emissions from the aviation sector.Ampaire >
Our Mobility Portfolio
Electric mobility solutions for fleets
Mapping formal and informal public transport in emerging market-cities
Digital rails for transit-starved communities
On-demand repair of electric vehicle charging stations
Smart vehicle-to-grid EV charging
Honolulu's bike share program
The leading platform for shaping urban mobility
Providing urban ecosystems unprecedented intelligence without surveillance
Fleet charging, simplified
Electric commercial aircraft
A big data platform for public transportation
Smart navigation for electric mobility
Shared electric mobility; Acquired by Bird in 2019
The battery electric bus for the masses
Big data meets location analytics for the transportation grid
Acquired by Enel in 2017; Smart(grid) EV charging
Behavioral science to save aviation fuel
Clean electrification beyond the grid
Creating the future of urban mobility; acquired by Daimler in 2014
Real-time transportation information
Social transportation for taxis
Addressing Real-World Problems
Hawaii & Asia Pacific
Through our Demonstration Track, we co-fund and co-deploy projects in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific alongside startups and local businesses, government agencies, and community organizations.
The Equity & Access track supports startups delivering community-driven clean technology innovation in California’s frontline communities.
Our Go-to-Market track is designed to support companies from all over the world in search of market intelligence and sales & growth strategies.
A Platform For Global Impact
Servco Pacific Inc. is Hawaii's largest privately held company.
Founded in 1919, Servco is the Toyota, Lexus, and Subaru distributor for Hawaii, and has Toyota, Lexus and Subaru automotive dealerships spanning Hawaii and Australia. It also has specialty insurance brokerage and benefits consulting offices in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest, and home appliance operations that distribute General Electric, Thermador, Bosch, and Gaggenau products throughout Hawaii and other Pacific islands. In addition, Servco has a private equity portfolio, which includes co-majority ownership of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Servco is one of the Top 30 largest automotive dealer groups based in the U.S.
Vector is New Zealand’s largest distributor of electricity and gas. They challenge and reinvent the way communities and businesses are powered and connected.
Vector owns and manages a unique portfolio of businesses, which consists of electricity distribution, data and communications provider, gas transmission and distribution, smart metering and data management, natural gas and LPG, fiber-optic networks, and solar and energy storage solutions. Vector sees Hawaii as the Silicon Valley of energy and is most interested in technologies that bring different types of innovation together into one platform and technologies that increase engagement with their end clients.
Hawaiian Electric Industries was our first Global Partner. Together we have partnered on nearly a dozen demonstration projects.
Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) is the parent of the three largest utilities in the Hawaiian Islands – Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Ltd. – and one of Hawaii’s largest financial institutions, American Savings Bank.
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