About Current Motor
Current Motor was founded with the vision of combining the performance level of more expensive electric motorcycles with the ease of riding a scooter, all delivered at a fair price and with superior customer service.
Current Motor launched a highly successful Test Pilot program in January, 2011, with some Test Pilots exceeding 6,000 miles per year in their daily commutes. Current Motor began shipping its production Super Scooters in November, 2012. Current Motor is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and our Super Scooters are assembled in Holt, Michigan by the award-winning flex manufacturer, Dakkota Integrated Systems. Current Motor has formed a strategic alliance with Dell for technology, co-marketing and select sales initiatives.
Current Motor is privately held, backed by BELLE Capital, LP, and the State of Michigan.
Current Motor Mission
We believe we must all do our part to make the world a better place, now and for future generations. We believe it’s time for women to take greater leadership in both the private and public sectors to help bring our planet back into balance.
We believe it's essential we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels to help slow global warming. We believe that electric vehicles (EVs), when combined with solar power, can make a significant impact on reducing an individual's carbon footprint. While this is still a very early market, we believe now is the time to lead it with vision, passion and innovation to attract the early adopter customers who can help us grow this into a mainstream market.
We believe that we are in the very early days of a digital mobile lifestyle revolution, which has the potential to change everything from consumer behavior to global politics. The early technology leaders have a tremendous opportunity to catalyze positive changes.
Current Motor Objective
We make best-in-class, all-electric Super Scooters for the Americas, made in Michigan.
Lauren Flanagan Executive ChairBoard of Directors
Lauren is leading the Current Motor charge to be more social while mobile. A BusinessWeek Top 25 Angel in Tech, Lauren is Managing Partner of BELLE Capital LP and the Phenomenelle Angels Fund. She is Chairman of the Board at HarQen Inc, and serves on the Boards of Directors of Springboard Enterprises, and Michelle’s Miracle Inc. Lauren also serves on the Angel Capital Association's Collaboration Committee and Dell’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Advisory Board. In her former life as an entrepreneur, Lauren founded and was CEO at four software companies. She is an active investor in technology and geo-social markets, investing in 30 companies in the past 7 years.
Erik Kauppi Co-Founder & Chief Engineer Member, Board of Directors
Erik is driving Current Motor’s breakthrough powertrain technologies. An avid motorcyclist, he previously founded Corsa Instruments, an automotive electronics company. Earlier in his career, Erik worked at Ford Motor Company in manufacturing engineering. He earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering at Kettering University.
Terry Richards Director of EV Technology
Terry is Current Motor’s EV domain expert and heads up our best-in-class customer service team. Terry has three decades of experience in the electric vehicle field. In the 80s, Terry worked for South Coast Technology converting Volkswagen Rabbits to electric. Later, Terry worked on three electric minivan programs for Chrysler and at the other end of his career, helped the Tata Group to produce electric vehicles for the 2008 World Fair in Barcelona, Spain. More recently, Terry electrified a tractor, and he loves to race scooters in his spare time. Terry drives his point home, (an EV of one sort or another) nearly every day.
Brenda DuquetteDirector, Operations & Strategic Initiatives
Brenda Duquette has 25 years of rich experience managing executive level operations and strategic initiatives. Early in her career, Brenda held many roles at Monroe Auto Equipment/Tenneco Automotive supporting the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and the Director of Field Operations managing all aspects of various initiatives such as international and national sales meetings and Indy 500/Brickyard 400 customer events. While at Mechanical Dynamics (MDI), Brenda was a member of the Executive Team working with the COO and CEO as well as the Board of Directors on a variety of strategic projects and events including User Conferences, Customer Advisory Council and team building activities. Brenda excelled in roles of increasing responsibility when MDI was acquired by MSC Software. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Brenda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing from Sienna Heights University.
Andra Rush Member, Board of Directors
A classic bootstrap entrepreneur, Andra Rush is the founder, president and chief operating officer of the Rush Group, a minority business enterprise, which includes Rush Trucking, Dakkota Integrated Systems (a joint venture with Magna International), Global Rush and TVS America generating more than $1 billion in combined annual revenues. Rush serves on many boards and commissions including the Michigan Minority Business Development Council where she has been chair of the Transportation Sector for seven years. She is president emeritus of the Native American Business Alliance executive board. She is vice chair on the Minority Business Roundtable board and a national trustee for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Rush is also a part of the minority supplier programs for General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota - serving on the supplier advisory boards for Chrysler and GM.
Bob Lutz Chairman, Advisory Council
Auto legend and one of the first investors in Current Motor, Bob Lutz recently retired as Vice Chairman of General Motors where he revolutionized the company’s product development efforts. Known as the king of the American “muscle car,” bringing to market iconic cars such as the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Viper, and for reinventing Cadillac, Bob Lutz is also considered the father of GM’s Chevy Volt. Mr. Lutz has a keen understanding of Americans’ love affair with their cars, and their increasing desire to adopt cleaner technology. Mr. Lutz serves on the board of directors of Via Motors and Transonic Combustion and is a consultant to GM and Lotus. He has served in senior leadership positions with, Exide Corporation, Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, BMW, and General Motors. Mr Lutz earned bachelors and masters degrees from the University of California-Berkeley. In his spare time he drives and flies an impressive transportation collection.
Nancy Philippart Member, Advisory Council
Currently an Executive-in-Residence in Engineering at Wayne State University, Nancy is the former Executive Director of GM Accessories Worldwide for General Motors. An automotive general manager with new business start-up and international business development experience, she has extensive professional expertise in automotive aftermarket, ergonomics, product design and development, engineering program management, product planning, strategic planning, general management and operations. Nancy has a MS in BioEngineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS Industrial Engineering and MA in Economics from Wayne State University.
Ingrid Vanderveldt Member, Advisory Council
Ingrid Vanderveldt is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Dell. Ingrid started her first company, 212 Studios Inc., in 1998. She raised $7 million, developed a patent and sold to a private company in 2001. Her next venture was Infoluminate LLC, which developed data analysis and data mining technologies, which she sold to SAIC in 2002. Next she created and produced CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made”. In 2008, she began producing and hosting the web series “On the Road with iV”, which showcased inspiring entrepreneurs. In 2009, Ingrid entered the green energy field, founding VH2 Energy Investments LLC, a high-growth, woman-owned, green energy management and development company specializing in waste-to-energy, fuel systems and emission reduction through conversion kit, electric car technologies, wind and solar projects. Ingrid is the annual emcee of MOOT CORP, the world’s largest business plan competition, and co-founder of the GLASS forum. An avid motorcycle racer, she has a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters in Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
Laura Desmond Member, Advisory Council
Laura Desmond was one of the youngest CEOs when she was tapped to lead Starcom MediaVest Group globally in 2008. In a short time, she has left an indelible mark on the media industry as a game-changer and true innovator, through her influential partnerships with TED, ANA and Microsoft. She continues to collaborate with groups that are not only changing the media industry but impacting the entire world.
An SMG veteran, Laura was most recently CEO of SMG-The Americas where she cultivated and grew the brand throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. She first established her CEO credibility within SMG as head of MediaVest from 2003 to 2007, raising that agency's profile internationally, and dramatically expanding its client base. That success led to Mediaweek naming her Media Executive of the Year, the top honor in its 2004 Media All-Stars awards. But the honors go much farther. As a global thought leader, Laura has attracted accolades ranging from Ad Woman of the Yearˇ (AWNY) to Media Maven (Advertising Age). She was inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Achievement, and was named one of Forbes Most Powerful Women.
Tracey Button Member, Advisory Council
A seasoned advertising and marketing professional, Tracey spent nearly 25 years in the Agency business. Her first 18 years were spent at the Leo Burnett Company in the United States and in Europe overseeing advertising efforts for, and partnering with clients such as Kellogg's, Motorola, Kraft, Morgan Stanley, Hallmark, and Maytag on marketing strategy, global brand development, new product development, and consumer research. She then went to lead the Frito-Lay and Pepsi International non-carbonated businesses (Gatorade, Propel, Tropicana) at Element79. Her industry and brand experience spans a wide range from semiconductors to Velveeta cheese. She recently retired from the Agency business in order to pursue a master's degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University. Tracey is keenly interested in clean, sustainable energy solutions. She enjoys volunteering for species conservation work in remote places, and holds her bachelor's degree from The University of Chicago.
George Meyers Member, Advisory Council
George Meyers is recognized as one of the most accomplished business leaders in Washington, D.C., having achieved financial success on behalf of numerous clients. He has over 25 years of extensive hands-on experience working in the federal government and in government affairs. He possesses an in-depth understanding of federal government acquisition and legislative process. He is equally experienced in navigating Washington’s political environment and a recognized expert in business development, international trade development and federal marketing. This combination of skill and experience has allowed The Meyers Group to generate millions of dollars in actionable business opportunities. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Meyers served as Government Affairs and Business Development Director for Defense and Intelligence programs at a Washington, D.C.-based firm. After this he led the emerging markets team for Lockheed Martin’s Intelligence business, directing company strategy on legislative, international, and new and emerging programs. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and received his Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and currently lives in Washington, D.C.