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eSpotlight: E Source

Welcome to another edition of eSpotlight, where we give our Partners, Members, Clients, and Preferred Service Providers (PSPs) a chance to tell their story about their work with the California Mobility Center (CMC) and what they bring to the future mobility table. We are happy to introduce a post written by Matthew Burks, Chief Strategy Officer at E Source, one of our Preferred Service Providers.

Big Challenges Require Big Ideas, and Big Ideas Require Massive Action

By Matthew Burks, Chief Strategy Officer, E Source

I first heard about the California Mobility Center (CMC) three years ago, while catching up with Arlen Orchard, Mark Rawson, and Scott Ungerer during one of our industry’s many conferences. I remember thinking how bold the concept was and the strong need for a commercialization-focused ecosystem for mobility. Even before they described the details, I told them E Source wanted to be a part of it. Big challenges require big ideas, and big ideas require massive action.

Three years later, the California Mobility Center is officially launched! The CMC’s team, Clients, Members, and Preferred Service Providers are in place and continuing to grow, and E Source is still “in”. We continue to support the CMC however we can, but our primary goal is helping CMC Clients and Members deploy advanced mobility technology faster and smarter through our data, data science, market research, and program design experience.

After 35 years working closely with North American utilities and cities on complex technology, program design and customer experience challenges, we are able to lead in several key areas:

CMC Partner Technology Assessment Design and Validation.Historically, new technology companies have to run unique pilots with multiple utilities, cities, or other entities due to a lack of buyer confidence in previous pilot designs and the associated results. It is not unusual for early-stage companies to get piloted into financial difficulty. They burn precious hours and resources trying to prove the technology without being able to raise money on those pilots because they need actual purchase orders. We can address this disconnect head on with intentional pilot design and upfront stakeholder collaboration and buy-in, as well as trusted third-party oversight, validation, and coordination throughout the process.

CMC engaged E Source to collaborate with CMC Clients, Members, and other industry ne