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Classic cars re-defined through electrification

This week we catch up with Richard Bertie, our Electrical Distribution System Design Engineer. Over a cup of coffee, Rich tells us about his rigorous splits routine and how to avoid unnecessary risks at work.

Richard Bertie, Electrical Distribution Systems Engineer at Charge Cars

My day starts with a rigorous splits training regime, before going for a quick run. Once I’m in the office, I make myself a cup of coffee, and a bowl of porridge with strawberries before heading to my desk. I’m responsible for leading daily electrical CAD meetings, so every morning I run through what…


Charge Cars is growing and we’re on the lookout for new people to join our West London HQ. The roles we are looking to fill span from engineering and design to Android development. This is an exciting time and incredible opportunity for those wanting to get stuck in and deep dive into the Electric Vehicle Industry.

With diverse experience under her belt, Chief of Talent Julie McTear shares some top tips on how to land an interview and the qualities she looks for in an ideal candidate.

Julie McTear, Chief of Talent at Charge Cars

1. The hiring process and real life examples.

Julie explains her hiring style…


Liza Christensen, our colour, materials & finish (CMF) designer at Charge Cars, joined the team 9 months ago. Having worked with Land Rover and then McLaren, she was heavily involved with designing the colour & materials for the Elva, McLaren’s open-top luxury supercar, bringing vast amounts of experience to the Charge Cars team.

Liza Christensen, CMF Designer

Today Liza works within the Design team and engages with every customer to facilitate and realize their dreams for their own unique Electric Mustang by Charge Cars. …


We caught up with our Design Engineer, Alex, while getting some coffee to ask him five questions about his work, and to know him a little better.

Alex Crestani, Design Engineer at Charge Cars

I find it amazing how varying the same role can be between different companies. Here at Charge Cars being a Design Engineer does not just encompass design and development, but an in-depth knowledge of the essential processes that follow each step of the way until the car is completed. I am in charge of all the exterior panels for our Electric Mustang. I…


Matas Simonavičius, our Chief Technical Officer (CTO), joined the company back in 2017, when Charge Cars was just at the beginning of its journey. Within the company, Matas is responsible for vehicle engineering and technology, leading both the electrical and mechanical teams. Before joining Charge Cars, Matas was overseeing the testing and development at Roborace.

Matas at the Charge Cars HQ

“At Roborace we had a small, dedicated team that tested and built the vehicles. We built the first five vehicles that became the AI racing series.

I joined Charge Cars as I was already familiar with our technology partner Arrival’s components and have built electric…


We caught up with our IT Manager Fabio Barata during a coffee break to ask him five questions about his work, and to know him a little better.

Fabio Barata, IT Manager at Charge Cars

Due to Covid-19, my day-to-day has shifted a lot towards ensuring all our staff have the right tools when working from home. This includes implementing the right technology and solutions to keep the team connected, enabling our colleagues to stay productive whatever the challenge is. My role ranges from simple password resets and ticket management to new solution implementations, server maintenance, security…


Sahba Fanaian, our Lead UX/UI designer, joined the team at the end of March 2020, right before the national lockdown swept across the UK. At Charge Cars, she focuses on creating a seamless and thoughtful in-vehicle digital experience. Before joining Charge Cars, Sahba lived in China, working for NIO, a Chinese electric vehicle start-up. Sahba worked on several NIO projects such as: ES8, ET7 concept car and the ES6.

Sahba Fanaian our lead UX/UI designer

“China is so far ahead in terms of digital media and social products, compared to their international counterparts. Their systems are more integrated, software more intertwined with…


Our Head of Mechanical Engineering is Mark Bowen, who joined us at the tail-end of 2017, becoming one of the first people to walk through our doors.

Mark Bowen, Head of Mechanical Engineering

“I grew up in New Zealand and was passionate about the Automotive world from an early age. As a kid I used to sneak out of bed in the middle of the night to watch the Formula 1 and that inspired my interest in engineering.

My ultimate goal was to end up working for a Formula 1 team, which led me to moving to the UK in 2008 to design…


Matt Begley, our Head of Electrical Engineering, was the first member of the electrical team to walk through the doors of Charge Cars, almost at its inception in 2017. Matt was the third person to join the company right after Mark Bowen, our Head of Mechanical Engineering, and began to put together the amazing electrical engineering team we have today.

Matt Begley, Head of Electrical Engineering

“I came from McLaren Automotive where I worked on 3 major supercars, but I was looking for something new and exciting as the industry was getting a little stagnant overall. At first I was hesitant to work…


In 2016, Charge Cars was born with the vision of electrifying classic cars. At the very beginning, Charge Cars was purely a concept that needed to be made into reality. We had no office, no workshop and no people. I found a place which was perfect for our first London headquarters. I hired some key staff and set about the task of building XP01, our proof of concept vehicle.

CEO of Charge Cars, Vadim Shagaleev always had a passion for cars

XP01, affectionately known as Sally after the hit song “Mustang Sally” is the only electric Mustang that Charge Cars will ever build that started life with an internal combustion engine. With…

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