Advanced Mobility

Transportation is becoming more networked, IT-enhanced, and integrated with our environment. The result is a “system of systems” creating smart cities that move people, goods, information and energy in a way that is more efficient and sustainable than traditional mobility options. New technologies and business models are emerging and can be scaled to drive fuel savings, mitigate congestion and reduce the cost of transportation, creating smart cities with equitable mobility options for all including: multimodal transit systems, first-mile/last-mile solutions, vehicle share, autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, and on-demand transit.

Located in Detroit, the automotive capital of the world, NextEnergy is actively working with partners and stakeholders in the city and surrounding region to make the transition from Motor City to Mobility City, a leading test bed for innovative, game changing, 21st century advanced mobility and smart city technologies.

The work we do.

NextEnergy collaborates with businesses in the advanced mobility space to inform them of trends, keep them abreast of technology developments, and coach them through business growth opportunities. We also provide access to funding opportunities and platforms to accelerate the commercialization and adoption of new technologies. Our goal is to drive investment and support job creation and retention through our support of advanced mobility innovation.

NextEnergy also conducts extensive market analyses, technology road-mapping, and value-chain research to help businesses assess market opportunities for their products and services.

How we can help you.

If you are an early-stage technology developer, whether a university spin-out or a well-established firm, NextEnergy can provide support in any or all of the following areas:
Access to funding | R&D Demonstration Programs | Initial Company Assessment | Business Consulting | Technology Vetting | Market Research | Promotional Support | Technology Acceleration Space | Testing Services

JimFor more information please contact Jim Saber, Vice President, Business & Technology Development, NextEnergy

313.833.0100 ext. 240 |

Current Programs & Initiatives

Electric Scooter Program

NextEnergy is deploying an Electric Scooter Share Program in partnership with GenZe, CGS Advisors and Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative to identify and develop urban business models for scooter transportation that brings together the needs of city planners, local communities and commercial service providers.

Electric Vehicle Car Share Program

NextEnergy is involved in an Electric Vehicle Car Share Program with tier one supplier DENSO and the University of Michigan – Dearborn to study the benefits and challenges of a vehicle designed for sharing. The findings of this study will be presented at the 2017 SAE Congress in Detroit.

Midwest Energy Accelerator

The Midwest Energy Accelerator is a joint program between Detroit-based NextEnergy and Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust. Both organizations are the Midwestern recipients of the National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy (NIICE) grant, a Department of Energy (DOE) national support network that serves clean energy small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing critical technical assistance and training services in order to bring their technologies closer to market readiness.


The NextChallenge competitions spur the development of revolutionary energy solutions and sources, and create ground-breaking opportunities to drive product differentiation and technology innovation.

Clean Energy Roadmap

The Clean Energy Roadmap (CER) is a collaborative effort between Michigan and Northeast Ohio to accelerate the region’s clean-energy sector through focused strategies for identifying and advancing energy efficiency building technologies, products, services and clean energy manufacturing.

Key Industry Events

V2B Mashup
In September of 2015 NextEnergy presented the V2B Mashup to showcase the emerging but strategic convergence of technologies connecting two distinct spaces – vehicles and the built environment. The V2B Mashup provided a unique setting for industry leaders to network outside of their traditional circles to identify new opportunities for growth. Interactive discussions, purposeful networking and hands-on demonstrations of the latest technology, trends and research were specifically designed to help these leaders move emerging technologies and business forward.
ITS World Congress
In September of 2014, NextEnergy was host to a tour stop featuring several live techology demonstrations during the 21st World Congress. The World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems is an international meeting and exhibition where the world’s leading transportation policymakers, technology, and business professionals gather with a goal of bringing greater levels of safety, reliability, sustainability and accessibility to transportation systems worldwide. The event rotates among three major geographic regions, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific annually.
Advanced Mobility Project: Beyond the Connected Vehicle Conference
In February of 2014 NextEnergy was speaker coordinator and host to this AutoBeat Group event that launched their new publication, Advanced Mobility Project (AMP), focused on the future of transportation. This two-day, thought provoking invitation-only conference, Beyond the Connected Vehicle, featured some of the world’s best advanced mobility thinkers and explored exciting new trends for personal transportation. In partnership with Detroit Public Television, the event was captured via live stream and later edited into a one-hour television special.

Past Programs & Initiatives

Cars + Communication = Smart Opportunities
In December of 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched the Smart America Challenge to bring together industry, academia and the government to demonstrate how Cyber-Physical Systems (“the Internet of Things”) can create jobs, new business opportunities and socio-economic benefits for the nation. Since a core value proposition of the NextEnergy charter is to champion new economic opportunities related to “What’s Next” in advanced energy technology, we moved quickly to participate in this important national initiative.

As a result, the US DOT, NextEnergy and supporting technology partners joined to combine the US DOT’s communication infrastructure and the first third party application written for it. Via an application displayed on an Android tablet, NextEnergy demonstrated how an electric vehicle would send and receive a message via the US DOT communications framework.

Learn more here.

Advanced Mobility Cluster Support
NextEnergy is developing partnerships with universities, industry, local, and national organizations to support capacity building and education around mobility topics.

NextEnergy is collaborating with the University of Michigan Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART) organization, which undertakes and catalyzes research, demonstration projects, education, and global learning exchanges on a range of issues related to the sustainable future of transportation in an urbanizing world.

Workplace Charging Ambassador
NextEnergy is proud to have been named an Ambassador for the Department of Energy’s National Workplace Charging Challenge. The workplace is not only the next obvious place for electric vehicle owners to charge their vehicles but can also provide charging options for those who do not own their own homes. Support of workplace charging by employers can make a significant contribution to the growth of the electric vehicle industry.

Success Stories

Since 2002, NextEnergy has helped hundreds of organizations achieve their goals. Here are just a few examples:


Partners & Collaborators