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.

  • award image
    NI Engineering Impact Awards 2014

    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.

  • award image
    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.

  • award image
    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.

  • award image
    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
board member profile image

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.

board member profile image

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.

board member profile image

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.

board member profile image

Robert Marshall - Board Observer

Robert was appointed CEO of the Marshall Group of Companies in January 2012. Marshall is a fourth generation family company with annual sales of £1.4bn that has extensive activities in aerospace design, military aircraft maintenance, military ground systems and motor retail. After attaining a 1st Class Degree in Engineering at Cambridge University, Robert spent some time in the USA as a Scientific Research Associate with Lockheed Martin, later founding a business designing and manufacturing specialist equipment for use in microbiology laboratories. Robert is enthusiastic about engineering and the education and training of engineers in UK. He sits on the Board of the EEF and is a member of the prestigious Cambridge Angels investment group.

board member profile image

Nat Billington - Board Observer

Nat is a founder and director at Synergy Energy - investing time and capital in technologies and businesses which efficiently and sustainably generate and store electricity at human scale. Previously Nat was a founder of bespoke software development business, KBW Consulting that created digital information solutions for many large UK corporations. This grew into a digital agency with over 200 staff and exited with a trade sale in 2005 to form LBi. More recently, he was MD of Map of Medicine, responsible for early stage business growth, product development and sales; and acquired by Hearst Corp. in 2008. Nat is a Trustee of the Longford Trust, offering higher education to ex-prisoners; and a member of Isiqalo Foundation, using sport to help vulnerable youth in South Africa's townships.

board member profile image

John Stares - Board Observer

John Stares is an Imperial College Maths graduate who worked in IT, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then was with Accenture for 23 years. With Accenture he worked as consultant with clients in most industry sectors and during his 15-year tenure as a partner held a wide variety of leadership roles in Accenture's Canadian and European businesses. Since retiring from Accenture in 2001, John has held Chair/Non-Executive roles with a variety of Operational businesses (including an airline, teleco and electric utility), Investment Funds and Charities. Between 2002 and 2012 John also led the Guernsey Enterprise Agency. When he retired from that role he co-founded Guernsey’s first Angel Investor group through which he has built up a portfolio of 12 angel investments.

board member profile image

Colin Nunn - Board Observer

Colin has twenty five years’ experience in a wide variety of international senior Financial Director and Commercial Director roles, with experience ranging from multi-billion pound quoted companies such as Rovi, Lotus, BAe Systems and NTT, to having worked in seven start-ups. Colin is an investor in early stage companies and a portfolio Finance Director, currently working with nine companies, and having been the Finance Director of over thirty companies in the past. Originally qualifying with Deloitte, Colin is a Chartered Accountant.

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.
  • 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


    - 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.


    - 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):