Vantage Power manufactures complete hybrid powertrains that retrofit buses already on the road. Coming with remote telemetry as standard, customers get live performance data enabling enhanced fleet management, maintenance, fuel economy and emissions.
About Us

Welcome to Vantage Power! We design and manufacture retrofit hybrid powertrains for buses, enabling operators to reduce their fuel consumption and emissions at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new hybrid buses. By designing the whole hybrid system - everything between the fuel tank and the wheels - we ensure optimal performance of every component, resulting in higher fuel economy, lower emissions, and greater reliability than other systems.

Our engineering team - drawn from the heavy-duty vehicle, Formula 1 and aerospace industries - is continuously challenged to develop innovative solutions, and this has culminated in a truly unique product offering. To bring our products successfully to market, we are partnered with:

- Ensignbus: The UK’s largest used bus dealer, selling approximately 1,000 vehicles a year, and a commercial bus operator with a fleet 100-strong. Ensign have been instrumental in testing and verifying our hybrid retrofit system, and represent a significant route to market.

- Marshall of Cambridge: A £1.4bn turnover engineering powerhouse that has built over 10,000 buses alongside its aerospace, military vehicle and motor retail businesses. Marshalls bring key commercial and engineering support.

Vantage Power was founded by Alexander Schey and Toby Schulz in 2011, both having been active in the electric and hybrid vehicle space since 2007. The company is well funded through its active and supportive investor base, and has attracted close to £1m in government funding.

Awards
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    NI Engineering Impact Awards 2014
    Runner-Up

    On 3rd November 2014 Vantage Power collected 2nd prize in the Transportation category at the National Instruments Engineering Impact Awards. Coming second behind the overall winner from all categories, Vantage Power's application was praised by the judges as an innovative deployment of their tools and for the industry beating speed of development for such a product.


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    Shell Springboard 2013
    National Winner

    On 14th May 2013 Vantage Power became UK winner for the Shell Springboard Award. The award which was designed to find the UK's most innovative and exciting low-carbon business was presented by the Chairman of Shell UK and the Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Vince Cable.


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    Shell Springboard 2013
    Regional Winner

    On 23rd April 2013 Vantage Power won the Shell Springboard 2013 Award for one of three regions in the UK. VP saw off more than 120 companies to secure a place at the regional heat of this year's competition and impressed judges with their low carbon innovations. This prestigious award comes with a £40,000 cash prize and a place in the national finals.


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    Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards
    2013 Regional Winner

    On 21st March 2013 Vantage Power won the Lloyds TSB Award for Best Enterprise in London and South-East. Competition at the awards was very intense with many other companies exhibiting hugely promising and exciting business cases. VP was awarded the prize alongside £5,000 for the business as well as two years of free mentoring.


Our Board
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Alex Schey - CEO

Alex has been involved in the design and building of electric and hybrid vehicles since 2007, and has complimented this with energetic, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial leadership. He combines an in-depth understanding of Vantage Power’s technical solutions with a natural affinity for sales, networking and public speaking. Alex has a 1st class honours degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London, and speaks English and Spanish.

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Toby Schulz - CTO

During the five years prior to founding Vantage Power, Toby worked in the design and build of several hybrid and electric vehicles. Specialising in vehicle control systems and powertrain architecture design, and with a 1st class honours degree in mechanical engineering, Toby adds key knowledge and skills to the team. He is passionate about new ventures in the low carbon vehicle sector and seeking out new opportunities to bring innovative technology to the market place. Toby is fluent in English, German and Spanish.

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Peter Cowley - Non Executive Director

Peter Cowley is a Cambridge University Engineering/Computing graduate who has founded and run a dozen technology and construction businesses and has angel invested in over 35 start-ups in Cambridge and London. He is or has been a non-exec director of nine of those.  For over a decade, Peter has been involved in charity and social enterprise governance as chair and treasurer of various trustee boards. Peter is a board member of the Cambridge Angels, and has mentored countless entrepreneurs. He setup and runs the Martlet start-up investment fund of Marshall of Cambridge, like a family office investing off a £1.4bn revenue, corporate balance sheet. He is a Fellow in Entrepreneurship of the Cambridge Judge Business School and, currently, UK Angel Investor of the Year.


Careers
Thank you for your interest in a career at Vantage Power. We are a dynamic company based in West London formed to create innovative electric and hybrid powertrains for the heavy-duty vehicle industry. We are always on the look out for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals that relish a challenge. If you fit any of the job descriptions below or feel you could add value in other ways and are NOT a recruitment agent, please get in touch.
  • Control and Software Engineer

    Responsibilities and Activities:

    - Design and development of application control logic for hybrid vehicle with LabVIEW;

    - Physical testing of control code on test rig and vehicle;

    - Development of test scripts and factory assurance testing programmes;

    - Design and development of LabVIEW front panels for use by testing personnel;

    - Specification of control systems and documentation;

    - Use of LabVIEW and Matlab/Simulink simulation tools to develop control logic.

    Skills and Experience

    Required:

    - Mechanical, electrical, electronic or equivalent engineering honours degree;

    - Relevant industry experience;

    - Experience with National Instruments CompactRIO, SbRIO or SoM;

    - Experience with CAN communication tools, protocols and standards;

    - Experience with automotive electronics and sensors;

    - Control algorithm development experience.

    Desirable:

    - Experience with factory assurance testing and test procedures;

    - Experience with road vehicle and drivetrain control systems;

    - Experience with lithium-ion batteries and battery management systems.

  • Electrical, Electronics and Control Engineer

    Responsibilities and Activities:

    - Design, build and test of custom electronics for lithium-ion battery management;

    - Design, build and test of custom controller inputs and outputs for vehicle control electronics;

    - Design of electrical assemblies for powertrain electronics;

    - Design of CAN interface messages between existing CAN systems and new installations;

    - Development and specification of vehicle wiring harnesses for adaptation of hybrid system into different vehicles.

    Skills and Experience

    Required:

    - Mechanical, electrical, electronic or equivalent engineering honours degree;

    - Relevant industry experience;

    - Experience with embedded controllers;

    - Experience with CAN communication tools, protocols and standards;

    - Experience with automotive electronics and sensors;

    - Control algorithm development experience.

    Desirable:

    - LabVIEW ideally with RT/FPGA programming;

    - Experience with road vehicle and drivetrain control systems;

    - Experience with lithium-ion batteries and battery management systems.

  • Supply Chain Manager

    Responsibilities and Activities:

    - Creation and management of full system bill of materials for new automotive product;

    - Pricing negotiation with suppliers;

    - Introduction of stock management process and software;

    - Factory auditing and compliance checking with ISO9001;

    - Introduction of quality control process for in-house manufacturing, incoming components as well as final delivery of product;

    - General supplier management;

    - Supplier delivery scenario forecasting;

    - General supplier management;

    - Organisation of component shipping (international and domestic);

    - Expansion of production/supply chain team and recruitment of further personnel.

    Skills and Experience

    Required:

    - At least 5-10 years experience in a similar role in a related industry or sector;

    - Experience of stock management processes and tools;

    - ISO quality standards in manufacturing and adherence to standards;

    - Experience of manufacturing quality control;

    - Experience in incoterms and component shipping from Asia;

    - Management experience.

  • Mechanical Design Engineer

    Responsibilities and Activities:

    - Design of structural elements and mounting fixtures;

    - Design of tooling and test fixtures;

    - Cooling integration design and implementation;

    - CAD modelling of components;

    - Belt drive design;

    - CFD/FEA analysis;

    - General powertrain engineering.

    Skills and Experience

    Required:

    - Mechanical, electrical, electronic or equivalent engineering honours degree;

    - Relevant industry experience;

    - Proficiency in CAD (preferably but not required, in AutoCAD) and FEA software;

    - Experience in designing components for manufacture;

    - Experience of outsourced manufacturing and quality control is desirable.

    Desirable:

    - Hands-on experience with operating workshop machinery (i.e. lathe, mill, grinders etc.) is desirable.

If you are interested in working with us please use the following email address to get in touch (no agencies):