Director, Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy
Britta Gross is the director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors (GM). She is responsible for identifying energy strategies and partnerships, and steering the commercialization efforts for alternative fuel infrastructures required to support the deployment of GM’s rapidly developing biofuel, natural gas, plug-in battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle propulsion technologies.
Gross has an extensive and diverse background in the Automotive and Aerospace industries. She began her career in 1983 with Hughes Space & Communications in Los Angeles, leading Mission Design and Systems Engineering teams developing communication and weather satellite programs. In the late 90’s, based in Russelsheim, Germany, she brought aerospace program management practices into the automotive industry, leading a joint aerospace/automotive project that involved Hughes, GM, and Opel vehicle design engineers. After seven years in Europe, Gross returned to the U.S. and joined General Motors’ Advanced Vehicle Technology programs to lead infrastructure and commercialization efforts for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle and the Chevrolet Volt Electric Vehicle programs.
Ms. Gross received a degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and studied language arts at the University of Wurzburg in Germany. She sits on the board of directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and the GoElectricDrive Foundation, and is one of Automotive News’ “Electrifying 100” and a 2013 recipient of the GreenBiz “Verge 25” award.