Rohit Makharia

Rohit Makharia

Investment Manager at GM Ventures

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Rohit is an Investment Manager at GM Ventures since March 2014. He is responsible for sourcing and executing investments, and also serves as a board observer for GM’s portfolio companies. His current interests include zero emission driving, autonomous driving, connected cars, shared transportation economy, and a variety of business models that are enabled by these technologies.

Since joining GM in 2002, Rohit has been dedicated to developing technologies that enable zero-emissions driving. He has championed projects with start-ups and strategic partners to help accelerate the adoption of break-through advanced technologies in high-range, low-cost electric vehicles. Rohit’s expertise is in fuel cells and Li-ion batteries with a focus on advanced materials and its integration in to systems. He has held senior engineering/scientist, technical manager and program manager positions to lead the development of battery and fuel cell technologies that were integrated in to:

-Chevy Bolt Battery EV Concept – Low cost battery for EV (200 mile range)

-Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell EV Fleet – First fuel cell fleet of its kind (100 vehicles, 3 million EV miles driven)

-Autonomy Fuel Cell, Drive-By-Wire Concept – First EV architected from the ground-up on a skateboard-like platform.

Rohit has co-authored peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and holds multiple patents.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Michigan. He enjoys reading, salsa dancing, drawing, leisure biking and snowboarding.