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Daniel K. Kim, also known as Danny (born August 3, 1979) is an American builder, innovator and lifelong maker. Kim is the founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer of Lit Motors, a San Francisco based start-up company that designs, manufactures, and sells 100% electric vehicles.[1]

Early Life

Kim was born near Portland, Oregon. A first generation American, Kim is the son of Korean immigrants and the middle child of three.[2]

Education

Kim's interest in sustainable transportation began at Reed college, where he studied physics and biology. His creative drive was nurtured when he continued his education at UC Berkeley, studying architecture. Kim eventually finished his degree at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA in Industrial Design and Sustainable Transportation.[3]

Early Career

Kim's professional background in transportation began as a Land Rover mechanic at age 21.[4] After saving money, Kim traveled the world for a year, touring 108 cities, 28 countries, and four continents, sampling all forms of transportation. He traveled alone in both modern and developing countries, returning to the US in 2003.[5]

Later Business Life

At the age of 23, in response to America's SUV craze, Kim started a sustainable car production company.[6] Aspiring to create the perfect SUV, he re-designed, re-engineered, and rebuilt two bio-diesel SUVs in a tandem production. Kim more than doubled the 2.5 ton trucks' efficiency from 15 mpg to 32 mpg while maintaining all-time four-wheel-drive and off-road handling. That project started a now 8-year career in vehicle architecture, prototype development, and team building. Kim's professional history in transportation creation ranges from titanium bicycles to electric scooters.

Current Business Ventures

Currently, Kim is the founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer of Lit Motors, a San Francisco based start-up company that designs, manufactures, and sell 100% electric vehicles.[7] Lit Motors' stated goal is to create a new class of personal transportation. The company is currently developing two products, code-named the C-1 and the Cargo Scooter.

References

  1. Electricity to run 'Two-Wheel Car' ... 'Do not fall motorcycle' Koreans developed. Korea Daily.
  2. Electricity to run 'Two-Wheel Car' ... 'Do not fall motorcycle' Koreans developed. Korea Daily.
  3. Electricity to run 'Two-Wheel Car' ... 'Do not fall motorcycle' Koreans developed. Korea Daily.
  4. Electricity to run 'Two-Wheel Car' ... 'Do not fall mot. Korea Daily.
  5. Electricity to run 'Two-Wheel Car' ... 'Do not fall mot. Korea Daily.
  6. Electricity to run 'Two-Wheel Car' ... 'Do not fall mot. Korea Daily.
  7. Lavrinc, Damon (2012-05-29). Exclusive: This Is the Gyro-Stabilized, Two-Wheeled Future of Transportation | Autopia. Wired.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-15.

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