Pangea and urban.systems partner in JRL Incubator
PANGEA MOTORS ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROVIDES MOBILITY PLATFORM FOR PARTNER URBAN.SYSTEMS, WHO WAS SELECTED BY JAGUAR LAND ROVER’S PORTLAND TECH INCUBATOR FOR INAUGURAL CLASS
Vancouver, WA – USA Vancouver based Pangea Motors, LLC a designer, developer and manufacturer of electric vehicles (EV) in partnership with urban.systems, Inc a new company developing products and services for resilient and sustainable urban development programs — was selected earlier this week to be part of the inaugural cohort of Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) new tech incubator in Portland, OR.
The urban.systems team is one of the three winners selected by JLR’s Portland based tech incubator kicking off later this month, as announced earlier this week at the Consumer Telematics Show in Las Vegas. Pangea’s EV systems target large scale transportation infrastructure with unique experience developing right sized mobility innovation in both US and global markets. A pilot project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will be the focus of one of the first urban.systems projects, part of the six month JLR innovation initiative.
Together with one of the “world’s foremost automobile companies, Jaguar Land Rover, combined with urban.systems’ expertise and experience in ‘smart cities,’ analytics, communications, and information technology,” as outlined in the announcement released earlier this week is anticipated to:
“Provide a strong foundation for addressing one of the most pressing issues facing cities today: transportation. This new partnership between JLR and urban.systems will focus its efforts on low-cost, scalable infrastructure technologies that leverage open data, open-source technology, and community-based urban planning. Among urban.systems’s first projects is a family of products and services for the management of multi-passenger, electric vehicle fleets.”
“urban.systems’s focus on open interfaces, open data and open source makes them a great partner for Jaguar Land Rover,” said Matt Jones, Director of Future Technology and President of the GENIVI Alliance. “Their fleet management tools combined with low speed electric vehicles offers a new and innovative option for urban transportation.”
“We are very happy to be partnering with Pangea Motors in developing fleet management software for their World Bus.” said Wilfred Pinfold, CEO of urban.systems Inc. “The initial target is a fleet deployment in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Ethiopia Project delivers a mid-speed Electric Vehicle platform, open software, hardware and data platform, public space lighting and communications to a pilot community scale urban environment; with commitment to expand to the city scale.”
“More than half the people on earth now live in cities,” Ken Montler, CEO of Pangea points out. “The urban.systems team shares a common vision, together to apply our skills with expediency and efficiency, building cities that thrive where transportation is not an interruption but a continuation of life. Urban.Systems integrates the whole, our role is to supply Pangea’s EV platform as the transportation piece of the puzzle. Energy, water, transportation are no longer individual silos. They must be treated as a single resilient, sustainable system.”
Pangea Motors designs, develops and manufacturers low speed (LSV) and medium speed (MSV) on-road electric vehicles (EV). The company’s leader and CEO Ken Montler prior to launching Pangea was one of the early founders of Global Electric Motor Cars (GEM). As President/COO he took GEM from early start up, through sale to Daimler/Chrysler, to becoming the leading provider for on-road LSVs in the world. Montler is also a co-founder and a partner in urban.systems.
Pangea’s mission is to supply affordable, convenient and clean transportation for the movement of people and goods in dense urban settings. A participant in the confluence of technology, utilities and transportation as an integrated, comprehensive city planning process to create spaces for people to safely live, work and play. Pangea’s strategy is to bring EV expertise through collaborative and inclusive partnerships that span government agencies, communities, universities, developers, architects, consultants and real estate sales organizations.
urban.systems is committed to the open software platform bringing long-term solutions to the issues that cities are facing in transportation, energy, water, wellness and pollution. Led by Dr. Wilfred Pinfold, formerly of Intel, urban.systems has a diverse team of experienced executives, engineers and IT professionals that provide consulting, technology and outsourcing services to address the global challenges affecting cities and urban life.
The goal of urban.systems is to bring products and ideas together to work with local, state and federal governments to build better, safer and sustainable cities for now and in the future. By working together, urban.systems believes that the quantity of problem solvers will deliver more ideas and more products, with each having the ability to be integrated into a comprehensive system.