"Andrew Rushworth is a leading expert in heavy electric vehicles and electric vehicle technology. He is CEO of Zero Emission Vehicles and has overseen electric vehicle projects in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. He has a diverse working background that encompasses vehicle engineering, software development and global sales, including securing numerous large-scale product sales for retail oil automation systems throughout the 90s across Australasia, Asia, South America and Southern Africa.
Andrew has been the CEO of multiple companies, most notably R&D Technology Solutionz, a role which has seen him head up development and commercialisation strategies for numerous innovative products across the globe. These include developments in areas such as intelligent digital video in Malaysia, contactless card payment systems in South Africa, fuel additive application systems in Mexico and online accounting software in New Zealand.
His expertise in electric vehicles includes battery management, electric driveline, chassis design, transmission design, thermal management, in-vehicle networking and protocols and vehicle telematics. He was the main driving force behind the deployment of New Zealand's first electric rubbish truck, which is still in active operation today. He has engaged with the mining industry in Australia and Africa on the use of electric vehicles underground and the Voltra utility vehicle has recently completed a successful 18-month operational test in Australia."