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Jazz Shaper: Charlie Jardine

Posted on 11 May 2024

Charlie Jardine is the founder and CEO of EO Charging, a company he established in 2014 to enhance the EV charging experience.

Charlie Jardine

Under his leadership, EO has seen substantial growth and has shifted to provide comprehensive fleet electrification solutions. As EO celebrates its 10th year, Charlie is steering the company towards making fleet electrification more accessible and sustainable, introducing innovative solutions like Charging-as-a-Service (CaaS). EO's technology is trusted by leading businesses and fleet operators, including Amazon and Uber. An acclaimed entrepreneur, Charlie has been recognized in Forbes 30-under-30 and has been featured in Green Fleet’s 100 most influential figures. His efforts have propelled EO to be listed twice on the Financial Times’ FT1000 list of Europe’s fastest-growing companies. 

Highlights

We wake up every day and get to try and address [the climate crisis] problem. 

I was desperate to start a business and after exploring lots of different ideas just thought actually, this is a market that is just getting started.

Don’t try and build the endgame off the bat. Be scrappy. Get a prototype.

The opportunity to express your own ideas and creativity into the product, into the brand, to really like capture what the customer wants to see... that’s the really fun bit.

I loved being young in the industry, I love trying to disrupt what we’re doing and be non-conformist and non-traditional.

We are fundamentally tearing up an industry that’s been in operation for decades. 

We are more relevant now than we were ten years ago, 100%.

I want to create something that leaves a legacy.

There is no doubt that transportation has to be zero emission.

Incremental improvements are not going to be enough to prevent some of the climate crisis and we need reversal.

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