Levi Tillemann

Levi Tillemann was a New America fellow. He is the author of The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future (Simon & Schuster 2015), an analysis of the rise of electric vehicles and the intersection between policy and innovation in the global auto industry. His commentary has appeared in venues including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, CSPAN, MSNBC, the Diane Rehm Show and NPR's Marketplace. Dr. Tillemann is also a regular contributor to Slate. Previously, he served as the Special Advisor to the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy and chaired the Department’s Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Energy (ACE) Working Group. Before that, Tillemann was the CEO of IRIS Engines, a company he founded to develop a smaller, more efficient and more powerful combustion engine. As an associate director at IHS CERA, Tillemann assisted Daniel Yergin in writing and researching his New York Times bestseller The Quest and a new edition of The Prize. He is proficient in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese. Tillemann is a graduate of Yale University, was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan and China, and has a Ph.D. in Japan and China studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Roadmapping A U.S.-German Agenda for Artificial Intelligence

The findings of a joint workshop with the German Embassy to roadmap critical research areas related to artificial intelligence.


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Maybe Trump's Not Trying to Win the White House — He's Trying to Start Trump TV

Levi Tillemann and Julian Zelizer wrote for the Los Angeles Times about Donald Trump after the election:


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Will the Tesla Model 3 Be the First Truly Self-Driving Car?

Levi Tillemann wrote for the New Yorker about the Tesla Model 3.


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Be Like Lee

Go champion Lee Sedol put up a brilliant fight against Google’s computer program. Regulators grappling with A.I. could learn from him.


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This Could Be The Biggest Hurdle For Driverless Cars

Automakers aren’t the problem.


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A sneaky new rhetoric is holding back progress on climate change

“One of the enemies we will be fighting at this conference is cynicism,” President Obama warned delegates.


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What the Volkswagen scandal says about the rise of Tesla

Levi Tillemann in Fortune on how the auto industry has lost power and influence to government, as illustrated in the rise of companies like


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Will Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Electric Cars Drive Us Into the Future?

The Mirai—Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car—will take to the roads starting next month. How do hydrogen fuel cells stack up against plug-in el


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Shock Therapy

Levi Tillemann on how Obama can supercharge America’s market for electric cars.


Making Safety a Market

The catastrophic numbers of deaths in car accidents aren't a foregone conclusion, writes Levi Tillemann, who argues that creating a synthet


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An energy expert's love-hate affair with Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell Mirai

This year, I expect that faith will bear fruit. Toyota’s Mirai is the world’s first real attempt at a consumer hydrogen car. It costs $57,50


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Driverless Vehicles

Panelists including Levi Tillemann talked about how the U.S. and Germany are shaping research, development, and regulation of driverless car