Disruptors for GOOD | Social Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprises

In episode 198 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Jason Marks and Forrest North, Co-founders of Telo Trucks, on their journey to creating Tello Trucks, an electric vehicle company focused on building utilitarian small trucks.

The founders talk about their backgrounds in the EV industry and the catalyst for starting TELO. The conversation covers battery technology, battery lifespan, and the challenges of battery production.

They also discuss the design of TELO Trucks and their goals for the future, including expanding their product line and making a positive impact on the environment.


  • TELO Trucks aims to build utilitarian small trucks that meet the needs of city dwellers and have a positive impact on the environment.
  • Battery technology has been steadily improving, but there is still room for innovation and advancements in energy density and manufacturing processes.
  • The lifespan of an EV battery depends on factors such as depth of discharge and temperature management.
  • TELO Trucks plans to have a fully functional press vehicle and begin production in the near future.
  • The design of TELO Trucks focuses on a clean, modern aesthetic that is both functional and visually appealing.
  • The company's goals include scaling quickly, rethinking transportation, and expanding their product line to include other types of vehicles.

timing of chapters might be a bit off after editing.

00:00 Introduction and Background
03:00 The Journey to Tello Trucks
09:00 Battery Technology and EVs
18:00 Battery Management and Lifespan
20:00 Production and Release Timeline
21:00 Operating System and Infotainment
28:00 Design and Aesthetics
29:00 Goals and Future Plans
34:00 Conclusion

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What is Disruptors for GOOD | Social Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprises?

Disruptors for GOOD explores social entrepreneurship and social enterprises around the world who have dedicated their lives to ethical fashion, impact investing, climate change, sustainable travel, and businesses that impact the world in a positive way. The founder of Causeartist, Grant Trahant, does one-on-one interviews with some of the most creative and impactful startups and brands around the world.