10 episodes

Electric Insights is Pod Point’s new video series where we chat with key industry figures to explore all things EV, electrification, sustainability and renewables.

We've had some incredible stories so far, including Graeme Cooper and how National Grid islanded their staff for 12 weeks over lockdown 1 so the UK could keep the lights on, and we heard from DPD’s head of CSR about the company’s ambition to become the UK’s most sustainable delivery company.

Actor, comedian and writer, Robert Llewellyn - from Fully Charged also joins our CEO and Founder, Erik Fairbairn, for a chinwag.

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Electric Insights is Pod Point’s new video series where we chat with key industry figures to explore all things EV, electrification, sustainability and renewables.

We've had some incredible stories so far, including Graeme Cooper and how National Grid islanded their staff for 12 weeks over lockdown 1 so the UK could keep the lights on, and we heard from DPD’s head of CSR about the company’s ambition to become the UK’s most sustainable delivery company.

Actor, comedian and writer, Robert Llewellyn - from Fully Charged also joins our CEO and Founder, Erik Fairbairn, for a chinwag.

    Electric Insights 008 | Emma Pinchbeck, Part 1

    Electric Insights 008 | Emma Pinchbeck, Part 1

    In this Electric Insights episode we talk to Emma about the current energy crisis, the pandemic giving rise to more flexible working practices, sustainable tech and realising the value flexibility, and getting proactive in the pursuit of diversity and modern leadership. All great stuff, and somewhere in there Emma also committed to making her first car an EV!

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    Who's Emma Pinchbeck?

    Emma has been CEO of Energy UK, the trade association for the energy industry in the UK with 100 members (including lil’ ol’ Pod Point), since September 2020. She previously served as Deputy Chief Executive of Renewable UK and Head of Climate Change and Energy for the World Wildlife Foundation.

    Emma is a passionate advocate for greater diversity and inclusion within the energy sector and has won acclaim for seamlessly balancing her high-pressured leadership role with raising her young child.

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    Highlights of this episode include:

    - Reforms to help electrons fix the energy crisis

    - Pandemic or not - undertakers can’t work from home

    - How energy is undergoing an exciting transition, awaiting the “Brunel of electrons”

    - Heat is BORING, but she’s still pumped for heat pumps

    • 23 min
    Pod Point - Electric Insights - Andy Palmer

    Pod Point - Electric Insights - Andy Palmer

    In this Electric Insights episode we talk to Andy about his career, his role in the electrification journey and his views on the majority role of the EV in a suite of zero emission technologies. Turns out he's not a big hybrid fan...

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    Andy has over 40 years experience in the automotive industry. He’s been the COO of Nissan and President and Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda.

    Now Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of SWITCH Mobility Ltd.; Founder & CEO Palmer Automotive Ltd.; Vice Chair Inobat j.s.a.; Chairman HiLo Ltd.; Senior Advisor Falcon Group ; Founder The Palmer Foundation; Honorary Group Captain RAF; and commentator on all things automotive.

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    Interested in a home charger for you electric car? Learn more over at pod-point.com.

    • 34 min
    Pod Point - Electric Insights - Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS)

    Pod Point - Electric Insights - Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS)

    Could coronavirus deliver a tipping point for fleet electrification?  

    James McKemey (Head of Insights, Pod Point) explores the following themes with Mike Coulton (Fleet Product and Policy Manager, Volkswagen Financial Services):  

    - The biggest challenges the fleet sector faces today as a result of Covid-19 

    - How will fleets operate post coronavirus 

    - To what extent will the coronavirus impact on companies’ electrification and mobility strategies 

    - Demand for EVs seen at VWFS since the onset of the virus

    • 25 min
    Pod Point - Electric Insights - National Grid | Part 2

    Pod Point - Electric Insights - National Grid | Part 2

    The National Grid Electric Insights with Graeme Cooper explores the rise of EVs and National Grid’s role in driving the transition to electric. 

    Key points from the talk include:

    Part 2: 

    - Project Rapid and why it's critical to the success of the market 

    - Why it's important to incentivise BEV over EV and the role of the PHEV 

    - Decarbonisation policy matters: 1) the Treasury's upcoming national infrastructure plan, 2) DfT's 1st Decarbonisation of transport plan for the UK 3) CCC's 6th Carbon budget and implications of

    • 19 min
    Pod Point - Electric Insights - National Grid | Part 1

    Pod Point - Electric Insights - National Grid | Part 1

    We're delighted to be joined by Graeme Cooper from The National Grid.

    This episode explores the rise of EVs and National Grid’s role in driving the transition to electric.   

    Part 1: 

    - How National Grid coped with lockdown, including employee and business perspectives 

    - The role of smart charging on the grid 

    - Perspectives on the consultation on ending the sale of non-zero emission vehicles by 2035 or earlier

    • 21 min
    Pod Point - Electric Insights - Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)

    Pod Point - Electric Insights - Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)

    We’re joined by the Head of the Government’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicle (OLEV) for episode 3 of our Electric Insights series. 

    Natasha Robinson is Joint Head (with Vicky Edmonds) of OLEV. She also drives a 2014 Nissan Leaf.  OLEV is a joint unit between the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the UK Government.   

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    In this episode James and Natasha cover a variety of topics including: 

     - The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the uptake of EVs… Is there reason for optimism?  

    - The Pathway to NetZero, closing the 2030x consultation and balancing the views of the industry with that of the consumer and fleet manager 

    - How to get to 2030 ICE ban and the importance of Project Rapid  

    - What to do if you don’t have off-street parking   

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    About Electric Insights:   

    This brand new series sets out to explore EV technology and infrastructure, the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to electric and the impact of Covid-19 on the EV industry with key industry figures.  

    View more information on the Pod Point blog: https://pod-point.com/electric-car-news

    • 18 min

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