Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan appoints new mobility innovation leader
Detroit – Tim Slusser has been named the city’s chief mobility innovation officer, Mayor Mike Duggan said on Tuesday.
In his new role, Slusser will focus on vehicle electrification and renewable energy as he leads mobility initiatives and policies within the city. Specifically, Slusser will work in multiple city departments to coordinate cleaner, more accessible and more equitable mobility solutions for residents and visitors to Detroit, the administration said in a press release.
He replaces Mark De Lavergne, who left the post in 2020 to become vice president of project development at Cavnue, which works with autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure.
Slusser previously served as Director of Intelligent Mobility Initiatives for NextEnergy, where he led mobility programs including the installation of fast charge pilots and the development of hydrogen refueling components for heavy vehicle applications.
Slusser has worked extensively in the renewable energy and automotive sectors, with particular emphasis on vehicle electrification. It helped attract Michigan’s first $ 6 billion in electric vehicle and energy storage investment and facilitated the first industry partnerships that formed the Power Electronics Industry Collaborative, according to the city statement.
“Detroit has been a leader in innovation for over a century. Ford’s Detroit Center for Innovation and Michigan Central Station campus will create a whole new range of opportunities for the talent we have in our city, ”Duggan said in the statement. “Tim joining the administration couldn’t have come at a more exciting time as we work to build on our history of mobility innovation and provide more equitable access to these opportunities. “
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in energy systems engineering.
Slusser aims to develop a stronger urban ecosystem that involves more pilots and demonstrations of innovative solutions for residents. He said this will include helping businesses get the city support they need, such as obtaining permits, community engagement and helping cultivate public-private partnerships.
“This opportunity unites my passion for accelerating mobility solutions with my desire to create lasting impact in my local community,” Slusser said in the release. “I am honored to serve the City of Detroit in this role and inspired by Mayor Duggan’s vision for the future of Detroit. “