From Scotland to Hertfordshire and beyond, Joju’s Commercial Director and Co-Founder, Joe Michaels, discovers the answer in some unusual places and shares it with us this World EV Day.
You might remember that our Head of Delivery (EV Charging), Graeme Patton, recently got his first electric car. Well, we’ve been catching up with Graeme to find out about his experiences so far… from collecting the car from the dealership, to how he’s been finding the range. Plot spoiler: the word ‘planning’ comes up a lot!
This week, the EV Summit is celebrating Top Women in EV, with their event recognising the achievements of women in campaigns and policy, business, communications, marketing, engineering and technology, HR and business development.
We’ve got the lyrics from that particular Pulp song on a loop in our heads, because our Head of Delivery (EV Charging), Graeme Patton, has recently got his first EV. Over the next couple of months, we’re going to be finding out all about that experience and asking you to share your first EV experiences with us too – on our social channels, using the hashtag #firstEV.READ MORE
Joju Charging has won the contract under the TfL GULCS framework (Go Ultra Low City Scheme) with the Royal Borough of Kingston, to provide 100 street light charge points for local Kingston residents. The charge points will be installed on existing lamp posts during February and March and will help people make the switch to EV, as residents without access to off street parking will soon be able to park on the street near their homes, plug their electric vehicle into a charge point on a street light and charge away!
Joju Solar has won ‘Contractor of the Year’ at the prestigious Solar & Storage LIVE awards, to add to the ‘EV Charge point Contractor of the Year’ title secured at the EVIEs last month.
The winners were announced on Friday, at the close of a three-day online conference and the awards now put Joju at the top of the pile across all their product offerings – solar PV, battery storage and EV charging infrastructure.
“Winning the Solar & Storage LIVE Contractor of the Year has been a long-held ambition and it feels amazing”, said Joju Solar Co-founder and Technical Director, Dr Chris Jardine.
“We’ve been working in the low carbon technology space for 14 years and this recognition is testament to the hard work put in by our team over that entire period – continually improving both technically and in terms of the service we offer.”
Joju Solar were recognised for their work on helping hundreds of homes reduce their carbon footprint, through solar, storage and EV charging. Additionally, it has been an intensive year delivering community energy projects. We installed 2MW of solar PV for Egni Coop in Wales, including the largest solar roof in Wales, at Newport’s Geraint Thomas Velodrome. This project won the Community Energy Award at the Solar and Storage LIVE awards in its own right. Other highlights in 2020 include a 39kW community-owned solar PV array on the roof of Salisbury Cathedral.
Joju is also working with more than 80 councils nationwide to install EV charge point infrastructure, simplifying the process and allowing councils to deploy charging infrastructure across their region without spending a penny.
“It’s very pleasing to be recognised across all our product offerings as offering excellent service in what we do.” said Chris. “But this is still very much the beginning – the climate crisis hasn’t gone away; we still need lots more renewable capacity; and a complete electric transport revolution needs to happen in the next decade. That’s always been our mission”
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It was a night to celebrate for Joju as our work was recognised with two prizes at the prestigious EVIEs Awards.
The EVIEs are the leading UK industry awards for those involved in the electric vehicle industry, and their remit is to “shine a light on innovation and excellence in the emerging EV sector”. The awards reflect on the achievements of those companies and institutions engaged in delivering the electric vehicle transition.
The panel awarded Joju Charging the prize for “Contractor of the Year” in recognition of our work designing and installing EV charge point schemes for the Public Sector, homes and workplaces. Joju’s Commercial Director, Joe Michaels said “We’re delighted to have received this award … it is a testament to the hard work put in by the team, and the partnerships we have developed with councils and charge point manufacturers. We decided to start offering EV charge just over three years ago, and we are now delivering many hundreds of quality charge point installations each year.”
The prize for “Public Sector Infrastructure Strategy of the Year” was awarded for the Central Southern Regional Framework – run by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Joju Charging as the installation partner. Hampshire established the framework to deliver a coherent charging solution for public sector bodies across the south of England. We are now engaged with 64 public sector bodies in the Framework region and have completed 400 charge points under major programmes for:
The Framework also features an innovative fully-funded option, developed by Joju, which enables councils to install charge points at zero cost.
All in all, it’s been a great team effort and, naturally, we’re all enjoying being recognised by the EVIE Awards. But Joe is keen to stress we’re not finished there. “To be recognised as industry-leading installers in such a short time is a great achievement. But the EV transition is just at the very early stages, and there is a huge amount still be done to electrify transport over the next decade. That’s our mission”.