It is widely predicted that by 2020 about one-fifth of new cars in Britain will be electric. POD founder Erik Fairbairn, 38, anticipated this trend in 2009 when he started his London firm, which develops and installs vehicle charging points in homes, businesses and public spaces. To date it has sold more than 20,000 units, to customers including Sainsbury’s and the National Trust. Sales hit £6.5m this year, helped by a crowdfunding round that saw it raise £1.5m in March.
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