About Us

TOGETHER CHARGING A BRIGHTER FUTURE.

OUR VISION

“At Franklin Energy, we are pioneering the deliver of new products and technologies in the EV charging field. We aim to see charging centres that operate on a smart grid, utilising the renewable energy generated by solar and wind power to charge all electric vehicles. We aspire to create completely off-grid and environmentally sustainable charging centres, and rollout a network of these across the UK.”

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2050

A new emission deadline has been set.

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80%

A staggering reduction in greenhouse gasses must be met.

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UK

We want to see the UK become an energy independent country.

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2015

We began our mission to help that vision become a reality.

WHO WE ARE

Electric car charging stations are available across the Franklin Energy network of public car charging stations. We also install charging stations across the UK for commercial, public and home use. We are based in the North West of the UK and have offices in Liverpool and Cheshire with a national presence. Our team of engineers and maintenance technicians are fully trained to install and commission hardware from a range of charging point manufactures.
In 2016 we began to deploy our own network of fast and rapid charging points across the UK with Q Park. We are seeking new location partners to host our charging points. If you have any locations that might be of interest then please contact us.

Our board of directors have significant management experience in engineering, automotive, corporate finance, energy and software development. This combination of talent brings creativity, innovation and project delivery on an unprecedented scale.

DIRECTORS

Robert Byrne

Founder and Managing Director of Franklin Energy

Robert founded Franklin Energy in 2015 and has built the company from scratch, to become one of the leading EV charging providers in the UK.
Robert is an engineering graduate who has developed a profound knowledge for EV charging and the energy sector. Robert has a pioneering mindset and has developed many innovations some of which Franklin is researching and developing today.
Robert is very commercially focused and has been responsible for established partnerships with both Global EV charging manufacturers and operators, together with creating new revenue streams over and above EV charging.

Roger Lane Smith

Chairman Franklin Energy

Roger was one of the co-founding partners of DLA Piper, and took DLA Global to become the World’s largest law firm. Mr. Lane-Smith has vast experience in worldwide business operations, corporate strategy and commercial management discipline. Roger has a very pragmatic approach to business and helps to simply complex problems and advises Franklin’s board on both legal and commercial arrangements.

Ron Stratton

Non Executive of Franklin Energy

Ron is recognised as an automotive guru. He built up Stratton motor group consisting of Renault, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover , Bentley, McLaren and other dealerships across the UK. Ron is also the founder of the Manchester electric car company and has visions of building Charging Stations across the North West and London. Ron is commercially focused and has significant connections in the automotive industry.

Jeff Fairbotham

Finance Director/ Commercial Manager

Jeff previously worked for Williams BMW as finance director for 13 years. Jeff joined Franklin EV’s team in 2016, ensuring all projects are delivered on budget with the appropriate resources.
Jeff is also responsible for all financial aspects and for financial strategy, production of bill of quantities, annual budgets, monthly management accounts and KPI’s.
Jeff Works closely with the Robert and Greg on all operational issues and assists in securing new business through managing commercial developments with Robert Byrne.

Ben Summers

IT Operations Manager

Ben has over 10 years’ experience in IT service and management, and has worked in a wide variety of industries such as healthcare, finance, energy, and most recently the Low Carbon Contracts Company, helping to implement new low carbon energy generation. At Franklin he is responsible for on boarding, monitoring and maintaining all chargers to ensure maximum uptime across the network, as well as managing our rapidly increasing customer base. He is also responsible for the organisation’s internal IT infrastructure.

David Schiele

Operations Director/ Contract Manager

David has spent the past ten years as a Project Manager working within the UK onshore wind sector. From his unique background, working for two large wind turbine manufacturers (Gamesa Energy UK, Nordex UK) he can demonstrate complete ‘lifecycle knowledge’ from wind farm feasibility, development and planning through to operation, including the completion of high value turbine installation contracts to agreed cost, quality and schedule targets for a variety of demanding customers. He brings invaluable transferrable skills to Franklin and leads all DC charging projects and operations including grid reinforcement. David enjoys running and canoeing in his spare time!

OPERATIONAL TEAM

Our dedicated project management team have vast experience of delivery projects in the engineering, utilities and oil and gas sector. We have a pragmatic approach to each EV charging project, tailoring the client’s needs with a bespoke and future proofed solution.

We offer 24/7/365 1st line customer telephone support for all of our customers. We pride ourselves on our customer service and maintaining the very highest quality charge points with our current EV charging network achieving an uptime of >99%.

We have found that 85-90% of our issues can be rectified remotely without sending an engineer to site resulting in reduced OPEX costs for the host.

Franklin Energy’s operations play an important role as one of the leading Electric Vehicle charging pioneer’s in the UK today.

FRANKLIN ENERGY

We work with a wide range of public sector, private sector and local clients from various sectors across the UK. Here are a handful of the companies that we are proud to work with.