Sam Arons, former director of sustainability at Lyft and 10-year Google veteran joins TeraWatt as vice president of partnerships and structuring
Michael Brylawski brings two decades of experience in the fleet electrification space, including serving as CEO of Evercar, to his new role of head of product at TeraWatt
SAN FRANCISCO, December 15, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TeraWatt Infrastructure, a company founded to develop, own, and finance electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the U.S., today announced the appointment of two key executives: Sam Arons as vice president of partnerships and structuring and Michael Brylawaski as head of product.
“TeraWatt’s work of building out the transportation infrastructure of tomorrow requires strategic coordination between various stakeholders in the transportation and energy sectors,” said Neha Palmer, CEO of TeraWatt. “We’re thrilled to be expanding the team to include these accomplished executives, each with a deep expertise in mobility, and a proven track record of working collaboratively on innovative electrification solutions.”
Michael is a pioneer in EV fleet electrification having co-founded and led three e-mobility companies, founded and spearheaded RMI’s sustainable transport research and consulting practice, and advised leading automotive industry players and investors on e-mobility. Having worked directly with fleets in a variety of roles, Michael has forged a deep understanding of the challenges as well as the solutions necessary to support fleet electrification. In his role of head of product at TeraWatt, Michael will oversee the development of products and solutions that will provide the best-in-class and lowest cost EV charging experience to TeraWatt’s fleet customers.
Prior to TeraWatt, Michael served as the CEO of Evercar, where he helped create the first EV fleet-as-a-service company servicing public fleets and rideshare, and at one point operated one of the largest public and private EV fleets in the US. At Evercar, Michael led some of the first dedicated large fleet infrastructure installations in partnership with EVGo in Indianapolis and Atlanta. Previously, he co-founded Bright Automotive, a pioneering last-mile EV vehicle manufacturer which was the first investment by GM Ventures. At RMI, he led pioneering vehicle-to-grid research and created the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE). Michael has published and spoken extensively on vehicle electrification, including keynoting the Automotive News World Congress, and has been a senior advisor to BCG, Toyota, Cox Automotive, ESN, Brookings, and Itochu (among many other Fortune 500 companies and leading NGOs) on electrification and efficiency. Michael holds a MSMech from MIT, a MBA from MIT Sloan, and a BS in Earth Systems from Stanford University.
“TeraWatt is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this moment, where we are truly redefining how businesses will power and operate their fleets,” said Brylawski. “I’m excited to join the team at this critical time for transport, when there is growing market demand for deploying medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles and scaling the charging infrastructure to support them.”
Sam Arons brings a strong background in energy and transportation to his position as VP of partnerships and structuring at TeraWatt, where he will lead the team responsible for creating solutions and contractual structures that meet customers’ current and future needs. Previously, Sam was the director of sustainability at Lyft, where he built the company’s sustainability program from the ground up. His efforts led Lyft to make the industry-leading commitment to 100 percent electric vehicles by 2030 and enabled the company to achieve carbon-neutrality and 100% renewable energy. Prior to Lyft, Sam spent 10 years at Google, where he developed the mapping of Google’s carbon footprint and led the program to negotiate the renewable energy purchases that resulted in Google’s achievement of 100 percent renewable energy in 2017. Sam earned a BA in Physics from Williams College and an MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, where his research focused on wind energy and plug-in vehicles, respectively.
“We’re at a turning point for transportation, where we’ll need to find innovative ways to support companies who have newly committed to fleet electrification,” said Arons. “I’m excited to bring my years of experience helping scale renewable energy projects to TeraWatt to ensure that we’re providing the best possible electrification solutions for our customers.”
ABOUT TERAWATT INFRASTRUCTURE
TeraWatt Infrastructure is building the permanent EV charging infrastructure of tomorrow through a robust combination of property assets, financing vehicles and deep energy expertise. The company designs, operates and owns on-site distributed energy systems that take the cost and complexity out of EV charging infrastructure, while providing market protection and upside opportunities through capital backing and ownership. With a business model based on well-established economics of renewable energy project development and a proven real estate strategy, TeraWatt was founded, in the absence of anything like it, to be the nation’s reliable, long-term partner in the inevitable transition to all-electric transportation. For more information: www.terawattinfrastructure.com
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Annika Harper, Director at Antenna Group