3/12/15: (New Date) NEC w/Levi Tillemann, New America Foundation: The Great Race: The Global Quest For The Car Of The Future

  • 12 Mar 2015
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Chinatown Garden Restaurant 618 H St NW


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Rescheduled from March 5 and Members Meeting to follow.

Levi Tillemann


Former Special Advisor, Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy and

Jeff and Cal Leonard Fellow, New America Foundation

""The Great Race: The Global Quest For The Car Of The Future"

Dr. Tilleman will discuss his book The Great Race: The Global Quest For The Car Of The Future.  Copies of the book will be sold at the event.

"The Great Race captures the drama of a global competition for markets and new technology that is changing the auto industry and indeed the world in which we all live. It is a gripping read that takes us inside critical decisions in China and Japan and the United States. Tillemann’s experience as a tech entrepreneur focused on cars, his skill as a linguist (he is fluent in Chinese and Japanese), and his expertise on energy policy enable him to bring unique insights. The result is an epochal saga of leadership, money, power, global competition and innovation; and Tillemann tells it all superbly. Whether your "thing” is the clash of nations or the battle for global markets -- or how fast you can get from zero to 60 -- you’ll like The Great Race a lot. Indeed, you will race through it!"
— Daniel Yergin, author of The Quest and The Prize

"It is simply the best book out there on not just electric vehicles, but the complicated nexus between innovation, energy security and smart energy policy for the 21st century."
— Robbie Diamond, Founder and CEO, Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE)

“If you like cars, you will love this book. If you care about climate change, you will love this book. And if you want to find out how the United States is retaining its competitive and innovative edge in the world, in a tale that reads like a spy novel, you will love this book!”
— Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America

"No one is better positioned to write this book than Levi Tillemann. This book has much to say about how governments can succeed and also fail. Above all, The Great Race is a Great Read."
— Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad and CNN's National Security Analyst.  

In 1899 a young Henry Ford quit his job at the Edison Illuminating Company and charged headlong into a Great Race for market share, profit, and technological dominance in what would become the world’s largest manufacturing sector: the $2 trillion automobile industry.

Today that twentieth century behemoth is in the throes of a revolution, and its future will include cars Ford would scarcely recognize. They will drive themselves, won’t consume oil, and will come in radical new shapes and sizes. In THE GREAT RACE: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future (Simon & Schuster; On Sale January 20, 2015; ISBN: 9781476773490) entrepreneur, linguist, and energy policy expert Levi Tillemann tells an epic story of technology, innovation, the roiling global economy and geopolitical clash. It is a gripping and definitive analysis of today’s high stakes race for money, power, and the car of tomorrow.

The hottest action is in the world’s three largest economies: China, Japan, and America. Team America is back from the brink of collapse and it has a surprising secret to success: a small group of technology buffs and regulators from California. The story of why and how these men and women are shaping the future of the world’s largest manufacturing industry is one of the century’s greatest, most illuminating, and most unexpected tales of strategy, markets, and innovation.

The cast of characters includes audacious upstarts, visionaries, corporate titans, engineers, and politicians: a scorned chemistry professor, a South African visionary who went for broke, an ambitious Chinese ex-pat, a quixotic Japanese nuclear engineer, and a string of billion-dollar wagers by governments and corporations. THE GREAT RACE’s breathtaking account of the bare-knuckled fight between nations for mastery of the global economy explains how America bounced back and what it will take to command the industrial future. Money, power, and the planet’s future hang in the balance.

Dr. Levi Tillemann brings a unique combination of energy-sector knowledge and policy expertise to his storytelling. He was the founder and CEO of a clean energy startup named IRIS Engines, spent five years as Pulitzer Prize Winner Daniel Yergin’s research and writing assistant at IHS, and recently finished a presidential appointment advising the U.S. Department of Energy on policy and international affairs. He is currently the Jeff and Cal Leonard Fellow at New America.

His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Denver Post, and other publications. Tillemann leverages his connections within the political and energy world to gain extraordinary access to the most compelling stories of the world's technological, innovation and energy landscape. In addition to English, he speaks four languages (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese). This Winter he will publish The Great Race (Simon and Schuster 2015), a book on leadership, strategy and innovation in the global auto industry.

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