Zero Electric Vehicles Inc. (“ZEV”) is an Arizona based automotive design, EV technology and platform manufacturing company with an extensive background in applied power conservation intellectual property along with battery electric propulsion systems. The company is driven to produce the most efficient, high-scaled production all electric vehicle. ZEV is currently in development of the Trident where these proprietary power generation techniques will be showcased in the OEMs first production vehicle in Q1 2022. ZEV has sought to be the first manufacturer apart of the EV 2.0 movement, initiating a new standard for electric vehicles while pushing the envelope forward in customer expectations while extending the personalized driving experience. ZEV has a mission to reset vehicle expectations from all EV OEMs, small and large scale. ZEV maintains a high standard for ‘next gen’ production of EVs and correspondingly will deliver on the EV 2.0 promise by demonstrating advancements in sustainable energy and deliver vehicles and services to customers around the globe.
Don has over 35 years of technology investing and management experience, highlighted by a decade at Cisco Systems, where he served as executive vice president. During his tenure at Cisco, he built several multi-billion-dollar lines of business, including the company's Service Provider line of business that underpins much of today's global Internet infrastructure.
Carolyn has over 30 years of experience as a CFO and Director of Financial Analysis at Fortune 500 companies and software startups, including Software.com, Solaicx, Verizon Wireless, and Banner Health. Carolyn has been on the board of multiple health and technology companies providing strategic analysis of operations and financials.
Jay has over 35 years of experience involved in aeronautical and electrical engineering. Jay received his BSEE from the United States Air Force Academy, Masters of Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Jay has been a technical advisor to many startup companies and has an extensive career in space systems and cybersecurity.
Dr. Arunachala Kannan
Arunachala Nadar Mada Kannan earned his Ph.D. degree, renewable energy, from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with a focus on metal/air batteries and alkaline fuel cells. Kannan has been involved in fuel cell and battery research and development for the past 20 years. Before joining ZEV and Arizona State University as a Professor in the Electronic Systems Department, Dr. Kannan worked as Chief Scientist at Hoku Scientific Inc.
Damon has 35 years of experience in the automotive industry while working with hydrogen fuel cell and battery research technologies. Damon is the founder of Diamond Back Racing Engines and has 25 years of experience of leading successful manufacturing line turn-arounds including US Coil Systems. Before joining ZEV, Damon has led multiple high performance teams within the top nitro/alcohol funny car segment, developing frames and entire powertrains.
Jonas has more than 20 years’ experience building and delivering successful products and services around new and emerging technologies, from telematics systems to holographic beam-forming satellite antennas. His M&A work in technical due diligence resulted in several material events in funding and acquisitions. In his tenure, he led cross-functional teams delivering key solutions for Toyota, Fiat Group, Chrysler, Ford, Microsoft, and more.
Darren has over 30 years of experience in risk management, data analytics, strategic planning, operational implementation, product development, and customer service across a wide variety of industry domains for start-ups to large corporations and Government organizations. Prior to ZEV, Darren helped developed and implement a policy at NASA to use integrated cost and schedule risk analysis for project commitment and go-forward funding decisions, which has resulted in documented reduction in cost and schedule growth.
James has 15 years of experience in the Aerospace, Defense, and Information Technology industries providing analysis of advanced research and technology development projects. James has been involved in the sales and evaluation of technology projects ranging from a few million dollars to over one hundred billion dollars. James is a published author and presenter at prominent Aerospace industry conferences such as AIAA SPACE and IEEE Aerospace. His previous customers include: NASA, US Army, US Airforce, US Navy, Dept. of Defense, Dell, HP, Cisco, and SuperMicro.
Founder & Chairman of Fish & Cross Ranch, LLC, 21,000 acre cattle ranch outside of Steamboat Springs, CO. Board Director and advisor for several technology companies in Telecom and Media - 6WIND, Prime Image, RightNow Tech. Positioned two companies for exit, sold Aepona to Intel. Over 30 years supporting technology companies, DEC, Oracle, Openwave Systems.
Independent Consultant with Prane Holdings – December 2017 to present. 20+ years of senior leadership experience driving revenue and profit gains. Strong international experience building, training and motivating international top performing teams whose impact is both immediate and sustainable.
International private investor and entrepreneur in the IT market targeting AI, ML, Communication, Energy & Utilities, Facility Management, Big Data, Cybersecurity and Claude Computing / SaaS. 15+ Years of experience in hardware and software companies worldwide. Specializing in identifying innovative technology, leading and facilitating “Go to Market” and M&A with senior global management of leading SI’s such as IBM, Accenture, Ericsson, CGE&Y, TCS (Tata Consulting Services), Infosys and Deloitte. High level contacts in the USA, Canada, Israel, Europe, China, India, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Japan.
Sam Nakane joined the ZEV Advisory Board in May 2020. His passion and love for ZEV was unmatched, his tenacity and candor drove leadership to new heights. ZEV will thrive on his inspiration and emerge stronger than ever knowing Sam is watching over our beloved company. ZEV will keep Sam Nakane as a Honorary Director of the Advisory Board in remembrance of his contributions and impact to the company and brand. Sam Nakane passed away Saturday, October 31, 2020. Rest in Peace our dear friend!
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