Meet Paul Routledge, Head UK&I at EV Charging Solutions Provider: Charge Amps

Charge Amps is a Sweden-born provider of innovative and sustainable charging solutions for electric vehicles. We develop smart and user-friendly products for use in homes, offices, and public places.

Since the launch of Charge Amps’ first charging station in 2015, we’ve made over 100,000 EV charge points for customers in 15 countries.
 
 
Charge Amps - Smart EV Charging
 

What’s the story behind the founding of the company?

 
Charge Amps was founded in Sweden in 2012 by our now-Chief Product Officer, Fredrik Jonsson. Fredrik is a serial entrepreneur who has a great deal of experience in sophisticated technology development and systems architecture. He had already built ecommerce and electronics design companies before founding Charge Amps.

Sweden, along with the other Nordic countries, is a world-leader in EV adoption, and Charge Amps quickly became a key player in its home nation before expanding abroad.
 

 

How has the company evolved during the pandemic?

 
EV awareness and interest has grown immensely over the last few years. In 2021, at Charge Amps, we had our strongest-ever year, with sales increasing by 145% compared to the previous year, which is illustrative of the broader trend.

I think the pandemic has focused many people’s minds on sustainability – and, of course, on domestic transportation as opposed to commercial flight. We’re part of the movement helping facilitate the behavioural changes that you need to see on a societal level.

People in the UK and elsewhere are slowly adjusting to the ‘charge wherever you are’-type mentality you need to learn with EV. There is still a lingering problem of ‘range anxiety’ for many new EV adopters and those tempted by the technology.

But the public is increasingly realising how much the pros of electric transport outweigh the cons, which is crucial for the future of the planet. The number of used EVs sold in Q1 2022 was double that of the previous year. Many of these are fleet vehicles, too. It’s companies, not just private individuals, that are going electric.

Consumers are understanding that you absolutely can travel easily by EV if you plan ahead. And Charge Amps has an enormous part to play in continuing to improve that underpinning infrastructure.
 

What can we hope to see from Charge Amps in the future?

 
EV charge points are going to become a staple of European streets, offices, and homes in the years ahead; there’s no doubt about that whatsoever. The road transport sector is currently responsible for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. If we’re trying to reach a net-zero target by 2030, it’s going to take a serious and comprehensive rollout of charging infrastructure, both public and private.

Charge Amps is going to be playing a major role in this huge process in the coming decades. By providing best-in-class products across Europe, which are both smart and sustainable, and by bringing Nordic innovation and early EV-adoption to the wider world, we’re really at the heart of the electric revolution. It’s very exciting.