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Basking in the Warmth of Electric Vehicles

Raised in Siberia, son of an oil-field engineer, Valery Miftakhov caught the startup bug working in high-energy physics—and avoiding winter—at the Stanford Linear Accelerator. Later, he was at McKinsey & Co. and then Google, where the launch of Tesla and other EVs got him thinking about how electrons move through the power grid. This led to eMotor-Werks, which sells JuiceBox, a fast, app-enabled EV charger that taps the grid at the most carbon-efficient time.
POSITIVELY CHARGED A physicist, Valery Miftakhov was inspired by another one: Elon Musk, and his desire to “decarbonize” the planet.

VALERY MIFTAKHOV eMotorWerks → Three-year growth 1,239% 2016 revenue $3.9 MILLION

→ A RUSSIAN IN CALIFORNIA’S CAR CULTURE

I started driving cars only after I came to the United States. I got my first license in 1998, at

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