About Us



At Franklin Energy, we are a leading EV charging provider and pioneering the delivery 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 hydro, 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.


We aim to see charging centres that operate on a smart grid


Pioneering the delivery of new products and technologies in the EV charging field


At the forefront of the UK’s transition to electric vehicles


To allow the UK to meet its stringent CO2 reduction targets and increase our energy security


To be at the forefront of the UK’s transition to electric vehicles by providing a national owned and managed charging infrastructure network on an unprecedented scale, to allow the UK to meet its stringent CO2 reduction targets and increase our energy security.


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.


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.

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!

David Hytch

Head of Strategy and Innovation

David has been active in transport technology and innovation for 28 years David serves on the European Program Committee for the ITS World Congress and as an assessor for Innovation UK on Intelligent mobility and Autonomous Vehicles. He has served on the Automotive Council Technology group, DfT expert panel for Strategic Road development, and Accessible Transport bodies. He was the Chief Information Director function for Transport for Greater Manchester and was a key part of the creation of TfGM to include the strategic Highways activity for Greater Manchester.

In 2018, David has come on board with Franklin as a non-exec advisor for strategy, innovation and public sector relations.

Chris Petch

Estates Director

Chris Petch is a Chartered Surveyor with 35 years’ experience in property market which has included working for major PLC organisations and private practice; working nationally from offices in both London and Manchester over the period, Chris has been involved in delivering major projects from site acquisition to asset sale.

Notable successes include Middlebrook Bolton, the UK’s largest retail and leisure scheme, roll out of the Asda Living facia and asset managing for landlord and tenant companies including some of the top names, British Land and LaSalle. Chris has come on board at Franklin to oversee new locations, primarily in the retail sector to deploy EV charging infrastructure across a UK wide portfolio. Chris also oversees legal and contractual matters for Franklin.

Ryan Sullivan

IT Operations Manager

Ryan has been working with some of the largest retail and logistic companies in the UK, providing support and solutions in a wide variety of areas within the IT sector. At Franklin he is responsible for on-boarding, monitoring and maintaining all EV chargers to ensure the maximum uptime across the network, as well as technical support for our rapidly increasing customer base. He is also responsible for the organisation’s internal IT infrastructure and development.


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.


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.