May 19, 2020

EV100 firms urge German government to speed up electric vehicle operations

Vattenfall
Germany
E.ON
EVs
Bruno Reis
2 min
EV100 firms urge German government to speed up electric vehicle operations

Companies from the EV100 initiative – including Metro AG, E.ON, LeasePlan, Ingka Group, and Vattenfall – have urged the government in Germany to further push its electric vehicle  (EV) operations.

The businesses have called on policy makers to speed up the shift to EVs across the nation.

EV100 is an EV-focused initiative formed by The Climate Group, the non-profit organisation targeting climate action.

The National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM), Germany’s mobility commission, will soon publish recommendations on how the transport sector can reduce emissions by 40-42% by 2030 against a 1990 baseline.

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NPM’s recommendations urge the government to take action on the drop costs associated with batteries.

“Electric vehicles are a crucial technology for achieving national climate targets while cleaning up the dirty air in our cities,” stated Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group.

“Going electric helps companies to lower their emissions and boost long-term competitiveness – and with businesses buying two thirds of new vehicles in Europe, huge market progress can be made well before 2030.”

“Policy makers should listen to growing demand and set an ambitious timeline for switching to EVs nationwide – helping Germany to retain its global leadership in this rapidly evolving sector.”

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Jul 24, 2021

Nybl: Saudi Startup to Expand AI Solutions

nybl
AI
datamining
Technology
Elise Leise
2 min
AI democratisation platform nybl will seek parternships in Saudi Arabia, the home of its co-founders

According to co-founder Nour Alnahhas, nybl was formed for the greater good. A visual data mining and machine learning platform, the platform will help organisations streamline their operations. ‘We wanted to centralise our vision around AI and machine learning’, said Alnahhas. ‘Something not just for profit, but added value. Conscious capitalism’. 

Nybl aims to democratise artificial intelligence by making it possible for anyone to build an AI solution. What website builders like Wix and Squarespace did for site design, nybl will do for AI—allowing even non-coders to feel comfortable creating solutions. In fact, Alnahhas calls it a ‘Shopify of AI’, or a third-party platform that helps businesses deliver better service. 

EMEA Expansion

With hubs in Kuwait, the UAE, North America, and India, nybl is focused on launching operations in Saudi Arabia, Alnahhas’s home country. When the company first launched, it was difficult to convince Saudi Arabian businesses to work with a startup. Yet now, nybl has proven itself. ‘We had support in the UAE, so now we’re coming back’, said Alnahhas

Alnahhas has launched a pilot with Saudi Aramco and has slowly built partnerships with paper, heating, HVAC air conditioning, and manufacturing companies. In addition, the Saudi government has started to invest in the Kingdom’s National Strategy for Data and AI, which means that nbyl, as a tech startup, has finally gained credibility. 

No War for Talent

One of the most critical parts of nybl’s expansion will be hiring the right individuals. Thankfully, there’s a current surplus of talented researchers, developers, and data scientists within the Kingdom. Like nybl’s Alnahhas—educated at the University of Houston, the Wharton School of Business, and INSEAD— many Saudi Arabians have benefited from government-sponsored education abroad. 

Last year, Saudi Arabia signed several partnerships with tech firms to advance the Kingdom’s skills in artificial intelligence. ‘It’s exciting to be in Saudi Arabia where there’s alignment and support’, Alnahhas concluded. ‘You’re getting an increasing talent pool. And even old and big family conglomerates are finally changing to use AI’.  

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