EVIOS’s new Stewartby factory opened by Mayor of Bedford; start-up confirms plan to recruit 60 local staff
● Wide range of high-tech roles to be filled over the next 12 months
● EVIOS CEO and the local Mayor join forces in encouraging EV ownership across Bedfordshire
The Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, has formally opened the all-new premises of EVIOS, a British start-up business based in Stewartby, Bedfordshire, that manufactures innovative domestic charge points for electric vehicles. The opening coincides with confirmation of EVIOS’s plan to appoint up to 60 people in the local area over the next 12 months for a wide variety of roles, including app developers, production managers, electrical engineering, installations, sales, and customer support.
The Mayor officially cut the ribbon on the purpose-built Stewartby facility on 8 August, where EVIOS designs, manufactures, and ships its new home charger. At the event EVIOS’s CEO David Martell and the Mayor discussed the future of mobility and the need to promote the uptake of electric vehicles in and around Bedford.
The decision to produce the EVIOS One in Bedfordshire supports a strategic objective by the company to minimise the financial and environmental cost of delivery for UK motorists. Alongside Bedford Borough Council, EVIOS is supporting the adoption of clean mobility solutions and loaned an EV to the Mayor in the week prior to the opening to experience EV ownership first hand.
Dave Hodgson, Elected Mayor of Bedford Borough Council, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have EVIOS opening their new headquarters in Bedford Borough. Not only are they bringing jobs to local people with the help of our Jobs Hub service, but also their innovation and focus on green energy brings exciting prospects for a sector we’re looking to grow in the Borough.
“I’d like to thank EVIOS for inviting me to the ribbon cutting event. It was a fantastic opportunity to get to meet some of those delivering electric vehicle charging points to homes and businesses in Bedford Borough.”
Bedfordshire has launched a ‘Go Electric’ incentive, an online briefing for local Bedfordshire businesses to understand the options to support more people in switching to electric. The next briefing is between 1:30pm and 2:20pm on 11 August 2022. Bedford Borough Council is also currently working on a renewable project in Priory Country Park, focusing on energy-efficiency improvements, including Solar Photovoltaic Systems.
At the end of 2021, Bedford Borough council reported 73% of adults in the county are currently employed, and EVIOS hopes to increase this percentage with its new high-tech roles.
The EVIOS One features three settings, where the user can prioritise fast charging (Pure Speed), affordable charging (Pure Value) or maximum sustainability of charging (Pure Green). Pure Green is where the charge point interacts with solar, or wind power sources attached to the home to provide zero-emissions charging.