It all started in a Cuban Hurricane…
Co-founder Steve Drummond was working in Cuba as chief engineer building a 60MW biomass power plant. When Hurricane Irma struck the islands, Steve spent the next 48 hours cooped up in his hotel trying to distract himself from not being able to leave the building. A stroke of luck however: he still had enough power and connectivity for a ‘WhatsApp’ conversation with Ian in the UK, who was trying to persuade him to buy a 1967 WV Samba. After some joking around the classic beauty and inherent fun of the Samba, the guys identified the undeniable need to build a bespoke engine to make it remotely usable in today’s traffic. “What if we made it electric?” suggested Ian. “What if we make it… a business?” Steve responded…
Electrogenic was born… and so the story begins.
producing a change in the electrical potential of a living organism
Electrogenic was born at the meeting of two worlds: classic motoring and clean technology. We are about technology, the environment and the beauty and joy of classic vehicles.
Above all, Electrogenic was conceived from passion: passion for classic motoring beauty and passion from helping to bring about a sustainable future…and a belief in the ability of technology to unite the two.
electrifying beauty: reigniting passion through technology
Our management team reflects the founding ethos of Electrogenic: passion, craftsmanship, technology and sustainability.
Steve Drummond, Founder – vision, technology and environment
Steve is a mechanical engineer who started his career in the nuclear power industry before seeing the light and becoming a renewable energy pioneer. He has tackled sustainability from every angle and along the way became a partner of PwC and Cantor Fitzgerald. He was a leader in the global business response to climate change following the signature of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and continues to be involved in a range of sustainability initiatives.
Steve gets all fired up by the beauty in technology, and having spent his 40s tackling climate change from the top down, has concluded that he can now have far more impact tackling it from the bottom up. Electrogenic is Steve’s next, hands-on step towards a greener future for motoring and the global population.
Steve’s contribution to Electrogenic is best defined in this quote from Steve Jobs:
“You have to start with the customer experience and work backwards towards the technology.”
Ian Newstead, Founder – vision, cars and craftsmanship
Ian started out as an RAF radar technician and following his discharge became an apprentice motor mechanic with motor racing team, Norman Abbot Engineering, racing cars all over the UK. In 1995 Ian opened his first garage, specialising in restoring VWs and other air-cooled cars such as Beetles, Type 2s, Type 3s, Type 34s, Karmann Ghias and old Porsches. Over the years, there are few classics that have not been through his careful, attentive hands. This passion for cars is the catalyst that originally brought Steve and Ian together.
What gets Ian’s oil pumping is finding a new classic to lovingly restore and the craftsmanship that ultimately brings it back to life.
There is no problem he can’t solve and he is at the steering wheel of Electrogenic from day to day.
Andy Camoenié – CFO
Andy has over twenty years’ experience as a director, adviser and investor. He brings a wealth of international experience from a variety of sectors closely related to the automotive and sustainable industries.
Andy has been Finance Director of Bicester Heritage and Silverstone Circuits, and during his time in the UK events and construction he has worked on various automotive projects involving Brooklands, Goodwood and Brands Hatch. Internationally, he has been involved with Le Mans, F1 and various major car manufacturers.
Andy trained as an accountant and holds an MBA from Warwick. He relishes being at the forefront of innovation whilst at the same time preserving the heritage of the industry.
Steve Heath – CTO
Steve spent over 20 years in application engineering and marketing for Motorola Semiconductors. During this time he has written 26 books on microprocessors, operating systems and embedded systems. He reignited his love of TVR sports cars in 1995 and wrote the workshop manuals for the most popular of their cars. As part of this research he ended up racing and sprinting a Wedge TVR and even competing in a Rolls Royce at Brands Hatch. No stranger to engine transplants, he undertook to build an electric car for a Budget of £750 as a bet and in 2018, Electrikitty was born.
For Electrikitty, which is based on a 1976 Reliant Kitten, Steve developed his own motor controllers, CAN bus wiring loom, LCD displays and it has more gee whizz than a car of today. It does about 5000 miles a year as Steve’s runabout and test bed. It even has a Milton Keynes green parking permit!
Steve is the architect of Electrogenic’s unique electronic operating system – the “secret sauce” that ties all the power systems together to deliver the uniquely safe and sophisticated end-product that is an Electrogenic R-EV.