Tinkering with his first CAD system as a 13-year-old boy in Oakland, California, Azizi Tucker has since devoted much of his professional life to the development of electric vehicle technology worldwide. As employee #100 of Tesla, he worked on supplier development throughout Asia for the Model S and Model Y, and later co-founded XING Mobility, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of modular electric battery and powertrain systems for the mining, construction and agriculture industries. He is also the founder of Graft, a custom manufacturer of bespoke electric motorcycles and quad off-road racing vehicles.
In this podcast, Azizi reveals how his company helps convert commercial trucks and industrial vehicles from diesel to electric while allowing manufacturers to retain their existing vehicle designs. He also chats with Jon about the challenges of achieving more diversity in the engineering world, not just racial and cultural diversity, but a mix of talent from beyond the usual elite universities.