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Jan 31, 2021

Vehicle 2.0 – Tech Meets Transportation w/ Atlis Motors & TuSimple

- BRT S02 EP05 01-31-21 (52)


What We Learned This Week:

  • Atlis Motors is an Energy Company - Apple of energy – vehicle is their ‘I-Pod’
  • Revolutionizing the Electric Battery - Lithium, cobalt, copper w/ a Lifespan – 1 million miles or 10 years +
  • AMV technology powers the XT pickup truck
  • TuSimple AI Tech in Autonomous Trucks
  • AI Tech with HD Mapping




Guests: Mark Hanchett CEO & Founder of Atlis Motor Vehicles


Mark Hanchett, CEO and Founder – started 2016, tech background, worked at Axon (Taser)

Per Mark - I believe that to change the world we need to build it ourselves. We cannot wait for the government to force it, and we cannot wait for big corporations to innovate. To make this world better, we need to develop the products, technologies, and solutions that make the current standard obsolete. I believe dedication to this is what makes great products and great people.


The future won’t be built by compromising today’s technological abilities. Built off of our three business units — Energy, XP Platform, and XT Pickup Truck- our vision at ATLIS is: to build the technology ecosystem that powers our lives.  

ATLIS is revolutionizing battery technology from the ground up and developing the AMV cell entirely in-house, reimagining what a work vehicle powered by our AMV technology should look like with the XT pickup truck. We are bringing the future standard of vehicle capabilities to alternative mobility markets such as box trucks and emergency vehicles with the XP Platform. All these capabilities disrupts and surpass the current standards of vehicle performance. 


Electric vehicles history, and the inspiration for Atlis Motors. Atlis is an energy company, the Apple of electric vehicles and the truck is their I-Pod. Electric trucks, engine battery, and battery design. Where (and how) is the battery produced?

Difference between electric car and hybrid like Prius. We dispel myth that Tesla is the only player in the industry.  Current state of the industry, plus what is the future of the industry – will all cars be hybrid or electric?



Apple of work, energy – vehicle is their ‘I-Pod’

Utility, Commercial energy storage

Construction of battery w/ Lithium, cobalt, copper

Lifespan – 1 million miles or 10 years +

Dispose – energy storage or recycle

Internal combustion engine through heat. Electric car- battery cells. Hybrid

Electric vehicles history - Inspiration for Atlis Motors

Electric trucks, engines & battery + battery makeup

Difference between electric car and hybrid like Prius

Dispel myth that Tesla is the only player in the industry

Current state of the industry

What is the future of the industry – will all cars be hybrid or electric?



Robert Brown - Senior Director of External Affairs at TuSimple


TuSimple is an autonomous (driverless) truck company using AI software to control the truck with a driver riding in the cab. They are operational on a test basis from Az to Texas, and expect to be live in 2024. Robert talks about the technology of the AI trucks, safety protocol, and the process to get Gov’t agreement. Then he tells of the future of the truck market, truck driver employment.

About Robert Brown:

- Developed successful government and business development strategies
- Led business and strategic partnerships for innovative tech
- Managed legislative, media, and PR plans with fortune 500
- Excellent communication and leadership skills




TuSimple - AI + Autonomous Vehicle, self driving autonomous (AI Tech) trucks

TuSimple - 60 Minutes. story in 2020 on their unique AI work

TuSimple Connect – – Level 4 technology

AFN (Auto Freight Network), AV 2.0

Test States – NM, AZ, TX,

HD Mapping – AV terminal, Uses camera system & 2 test drivers

TuSimple started in 2015, Testing in AZ out of the Tucson location with HQ in San Diego, CA  

Business Model / Partners like McClane Foods, Navistar, UPS Haul US Mail

Government regulations on safety 

2024 timelines – ETA to be active

Trucker employment and future – will not replace, but supplement. Need more drivers

Tu Simple – self driving autonomous (AI Tech) trucks



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