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eSpotlight: Terzo Power Systems

Welcome to the first edition of eSpotlight, a series of guest blog posts written by companies in the California Mobility Center (CMC) ecosystem! Now that we’ve announced our operational launch (yay!) and have opened our doors (virtually or socially distanced, of course), we wanted to give our Partners, Members, Clients and Preferred Service Providers a chance to tell the story about our work together and what they bring to the future mobility table. We hope you enjoy this guest post by Mike Terzo, Founder & CEO of Terzo Power Systems. Mike also sits on our Board of Directors as a Founding Partner!

Terzo Power Systems is dedicated to the development, commercialization, and manufacture of high performance, compact, and ultra-efficient hydraulic systems and off-road, heavy-duty hybrid system technology. The Terzo Power system approach is to tackle the challenges within the fluid power industry and offer clean-sheet rethinking and technology-based solutions. The state-of-the-art hydraulic, testing and validation facility is headquartered in Northern California. Terzo has been a part of the CMC since the early days, and we couldn’t be happier to have them as part of the team!

The California Mobility Center: A New Kind of Collaborative Ecosystem Helping Early-Stage Innovation Succeed

By Mike Terzo, Founder and CEO, Terzo Power Systems

Simply put, I wish the California Mobility Center (or the CMC as we refer to it) was in existence when I was starting Terzo Power Systems (Terzo) back in 2014. With the CMC’s main mission being to help clean tech mobility-related products reach commercialization as quickly as possible, I was immediately attracted to serving as a board member from the outset.

Recognizing the need for this type of “commercialization collaborative” has come from my own experience with growing Terzo from the ground up over the last seven years. The path to commercial viability and finding deployment partners for our products would have been much quicker and, no doubt, less stress inducing if an entity like the CMC existed when I started out.

In addition, the CMC aligns companies with workforce development organizations and higher education institutions to provide a pipeline of skilled workers, connects them with a select group of professional service providers to help with commercialization goals and to regulators who are setting the industry standards and grant opportunities. Not forgetting that the CMC also brings potential investors to the table to provide them with early insight into the product development early-stage mobility companies are undertaking. It is essentially a one-stop shop for all the essential components needed to commercialize your products and services for mass adop