In the first of our latest podcast series – Talking Net Zero – Sara Sloman chats with Linda Grave, CEO of EV Driver, who has spent more than a decade working in the electric vehicle sector.
She talks about her childhood and relationship with energy – through domestic heating: “We had an open fire so if we wanted heat, we had to chop wood, so one kilowatt meant a lot to me. You’d use more than a kilowatt chopping the wood.”
To make money her parents were into recycling – or upcycling – before it became fashionable, when pine furniture had come back into vogue, by improving items and selling them on.
After leaving school she started work in the banking sector before becoming an entrepreneur, running a fitness business.
From there she moved into plumbing and heating, then solar PV. When customers starting asking about electric vehicle charging, she thought ‘I’d better find out about this’, and EV Driver grew from there.
She talks about building EV charging networks, how we can grow the use of EVs and the networks to support them, alongside the difficulty businesses face finding out about grants for EV infrastructure and how we could make it all much better.