Meet the Team

Watt Electric Vehicle Company was formed in 2019 and has manufacturing and production facilities in Cornwall and Worcestershire. The leadership team has extensive industry experience, including specialist niche vehicles, lightweight vehicle structures, powertrain control and Battery Management Systems (BMS).

Neil Yates

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Neil has wide-ranging experience in specialist vehicle manufacturing, taking products from concept through to production reality.

Neil has led a range of commercial and grant supported technology research and development projects from feasibility study through proof of concept to market ready product. A long serving member of the Niche Vehicle Network Executive with a comprehensive understanding of the automotive technology and UK Innovation Agency funding landscapes.

Neil led the ground breaking ‘HIPERCAR’ ultra-high performance range extended electric vehicle research and development programme, which was awarded the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Simms Medal for “Outstanding Contribution to Automotive Innovation” in 2017.   

Bob Mustard

Chief Technology Officer

Bob is a degree qualified electrical engineer who started his automotive career at Rover Group, progressing to senior management roles in R&D, specialising in lightweight vehicle structures.

After a hugely important move from customer to supply chain at  Hydro Automotive Structures, Bob established the world’s first structural bonding facility for aluminium vehicle architectures and he and his team produced primary structures for Lotus and Aston Martin, alongside high volume aluminium assemblies for Rover, Jaguar, Land Rover, GM and Renault. UK successes saw Bob transfer to a Group wide role as Automotive Market Strategy Manager.

Stalcom Automotive Technologies was established in 2000 to deliver lightweight structures via a product design and manufacturing systems consultancy. Bob is passionate about design for manufacture and the importance of developing the process simultaneously with the product is vital in making low volume programs financially viable whilst maximising structural performance of vehicles and minimising weight.

Dr Paul Faithfull


Paul is a chartered engineer who founded Potenza Technology in 1999 and has worked on vehicle electrification projects around the world including supporting Formula E, OEM, Tier 1 and SMEs.  

He has a Doctorate in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research, was an Executive member of the Niche Vehicle Network and sits on the UK Government Advisory Panel for the Integrated Development Programme, Vehicle 2 Grid and Faraday Battery Challenges. Other roles include MD of GTM Cars and Technical Director of Westfield Sportscars, overseeing one of the first European Small Series Homologation programmes and development of the iRACER all electric race car for the EV CUP race series.

Paul is an expert on battery engineering, powertrain electrification, electronics and software development and application of functional safety to the development process. In 2020 he sold Potenza Technology to FPT Industrial, part of the Case New Holland Industrial Group.

Mark Thorogood

Advanced Manufacturing

Mark Thorogood is an Automotive Development and Operations Specialist with 35 years’ experience in UK, Germany and the US, spanning the luxury ICE and EV sectors as well as the commercial EV sector. His early OEM career focused on managing a variety of functions in the Product Development process from Concept Strategy, Crash & Structural Analysis, Product Planning, Prototype Parts Manufacture and Development Build. More recently, following the transition to the EV start-up sector, he has been able to harness that experience to effectively lead the product manufacturing delivery and operations phases. Experience has been gained at BMW, Tesla and Lucid.