For the second of our People Driving Change series, we spoke to Andrew Elliott, project manager for Energy Superhub Oxford. When he’s not hitting the road on his bike Andrew is helping to develop the rapid charging infrastructure the UK needs to accelerate electric vehicle adoption, starting in Oxford!
What does your role at Pivot Power involve?
I’m responsible for managing the private wire and superhub installation from Pivot Power’s point of view. That involves very close coordination with Oxford City Council and other stakeholders including the cable installers and chargepoint operators who are going to be installing equipment at the site.
What’s the best thing about working at Pivot Power?
The two things I enjoy most about working at Pivot Power are the people and the vision. The people because of their ambition, desire, drive and intelligence. And the vision because quite simply the company is doing something that I think is world leading and is going to be very exciting in the energy space.
What attracted you to working in the energy sector?
I was really fortunate to join a very interesting energy start-up a number of years ago and that’s actually where I met two of the founders of Pivot Power, Matt Allen and Mikey Clark. I guess you could say since then it’s been history, but it is an exceptionally exciting space to be in and who better to be on the journey with.
What excites you most about what is happening right now?
In my eyes there is going to be this seismic shift to electric vehicles and I feel like Pivot Power is going to be at the forefront of that transition.
What has been your career highlight or biggest achievement to date?
A really proud moment in my career is watching everything at Pivot Power come together. Obviously I am biased, but I have had many interesting challenges in my career, and all of the companies I have worked for, it feels like this is the one that is really going to achieve its goals.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in their career?
My advice is to find someone who inspires you, whether at work or outside of it, and learn from them. Study what they do, try and find opportunities to work with them, and ask them lots of questions.
Who inspires you?
The person that inspires me most is my father. He is one of the best in the country at what he does, and I can only hope to be as good in my field as he is in his.
If you weren’t at Pivot Power, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t at Pivot Power right now I would love to be a professional cyclist, but anyone who knows me knows that 6’5” people are not built for professional cycling.
What change to do you hope to see in the energy sector over the next decade?
Over the next decade I would love to see far more electric vehicles on the roads, more home charging and transient charging, and also more grid balancing services available to encourage more renewable energy on to the grid.
How do you think Pivot Power can help make this change a reality?
I hope that Energy Superhub Oxford can be a flagship project not only for Pivot Power but also for the UK, to demonstrate the future of electric vehicles on a mass scale.
Tell us something that might surprise people about you?
Something that might surprise people about me is that I am actually getting up earlier during this period of lockdown than I would usually. I am enjoying getting up early and spending more time with the family before work!
If you could have a meal with 3 people (historical or present), who would it be?
Miles Davis, because Blue Note, need I say more? Jerry Seinfeld because in my eyes he is the greatest comedian to have ever lived and I think he would be great at a dinner table, and Peter Sagan because he is an inspiration in terms of his work ethic and his desire to win.