Herns Louis

Founder and President

Herns is an entrepreneur-minded leader who is an accomplished manufacturing professional with a successful background as a machinist. He brings with him exceptional business acumen, coupled with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the automotive and machining industries. He has a passion developing and implementing new technologies, leading to the creation of the Eco-Motive H-Motor.

To date, Herns has successfully led the company through the concept development phases and is positioned to take the motor through the implementation phase. He will continue to provide astute business development oversight, while directing to sales and day-to-day operations of Eco-Motive USA. He will also be responsible for overseeing production, vendor coordination and quality control.

Herns has over three decades of experience and a professional resume which includes working as a CNC machinist and CNC programmer in the manufacturing sector. He has strong organizational, problem-solving and leadership skills. Herns is a graduate of the Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where he studied Automotive Technologies.



Jeffrey Herman, Esq.Jeffrey

Chief Counsel

Jeffrey Herman, Esq. is a California licensed attorney and joined team Eco-Motive USA in late 2013 as general counsel. Mr. Herman concentrates in intellectual property law and has expertise at contract drafting and contract review.

Mr. Herman provides counsel to Herns Louis, CEO and is able to communicate with third parties interested in forming a business relationship with Eco-Motive USA. Mr. Herman maintains law offices in La Jolla, CA and Scottsdale, AZ for in-person meetings.

He may be contacted directly at for inquiries.




Derk Hartland

Chief Engineer

Derk has a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Engineering and vast experience designing engines in the U.S. and Europe. His specialties include vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics and race strategy, class-A surfacing, suspension and chassis and powertrain design. Since 2009, he has been working as Engineering Director for American Challenge, Inc., designing a hybrid supercar from the ground up. Previously, Derk was an Engineering Design Manager for Saleen from 2001 to 2008, where he worked on research and development for the S7 racecar, including:

  • – Aerodynamic development: Windtunnel and straightline
  • – Track support: Race engineering and strategy
  • – Suspension: Chassis and powertrain design

Other jobs have included UK-based positions as a Race/Development Engineer for Ray Mallock, Ltd., and at Reynard Racing Cars and Redgrave Racing.