about us


Eric Cahill – Founder and President

Eric Cahill is founder and President of Adaptiv Consulting.  As a nationally recognized expert in automotive electrification and automation, Eric advises private-sector businesses and organizations, as well as legislative staff, administration officials, political candidates and elected officials at the national, state, and local levels of government.  With  twenty years of experience in technology management, product development, and innovation strategy across a number of industries, Eric brings a cross-disciplinary approach and systems perspective to the projects he undertakes.  His client roster ranges from global automakers and energy concerns to governments and fledgling start-ups.

Prior to Adaptiv, Eric led a diversity of technology efforts for the U.S. Navy, General Motors, Boeing, and fuel cell systems supplier Quantum Technologies. He notably led the team that developed the electric drivetrain underpinning the Fisker Karma plug-in sedan and directed the Automotive X PRIZE, a global competition that in 2010 awarded $10 million to three teams fielding vehicles exceeding 100 MPGe (energy equivalent).

Eric’s doctoral research at UC Davis, recognized by the National Center for Sustainable Transportation for its groundbreaking focus on market acceptance of electric vehicles (EVs), considered potential impacts of state franchise laws on innovation for driving wider consumer adoption of EVs. Eric also served on the Energy Secretary’s Future Transportation Fuels advisory panel, which advanced actions for speeding technological advances and market conditions for meeting U.S. greenhouse gas reduction goals in the transport sector.

Eric holds degrees in Engineering, Management and Technology Policy from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, as well as a PhD from the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. He is an in-demand speaker and panel participant for legislative committees, trade associations, and professional organizations and has been featured in Roll Call, The Detroit News, Automotive News, WIRED, MSNBC, and The New York Times.




Bill Taylor – Associate Consultant

Bill Taylor is an associate consultant for Adaptiv and managing partner at kVA, a consultancy specializing in functional safety for automotive systems. Bill has over 15 years experience in automotive powertrain development. Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor, Engine Controls & Emissions, for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a $10M competition for the best production-capable vehicle that can meet or exceed 100 MPGe. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Clemson University Computational Center for Mobility Systems, where he worked extensively on engine and powertrain simulation. Mr. Taylor worked for 11 years in the automotive supply industry, including 3 years as Chief Engineer for diesel after treatment systems at Eaton Corporation.

Mr. Taylor earned his MS in Engineering Management from MIT in 2002. At MIT, he studied product architecture and systems engineering in-depth, with a key focus on innovation in complex systems environments. His academic study provided a rich framework for the following years of engineering management experience, including roles of engineering manager, Director of R&D, Chief Engineer, C.O.O., and ultimately directing his own enterprise. Bill serves select clients nationwide, with a focus on innovation, engineering, and product strategy. He has also published widely in the field of emission control and powertrain R&D, and has won several awards for automotive innovation and technical leadership, including having been named to MIT Technology Review’s Top 100 innovators under age 35.