- Keith Johnston
- Reva Electric Car Company
- Company profile:
- Reva Electric Car Company, makers of G-Wiz, is a pioneer of the electric vehicle (EV) industry and is headquartered on the edge of Electronic City in Bangalore, one of the world's technology hubs.
I launched GoinGreen, a start-up that secured the UK distribution rights for Reva G-Wiz in 2003. It became the world's most successful electric car retailer and as a result, I joined the Reva Electric Car Company in 2008 to help replicate the success of GoinGreen worldwide. In September 2009 I was responsible for the global launch of the REVA NXR, a four-seat electric car with a range of 100 miles per charge that will commence production in early 2010.
- President, European Operations
Remote working in an environmentally-friendly way
I wanted to be as productive as possible while reducing my
carbon footprint. This meant finding a way to stay on top of my
workload without the need to travel to every meeting
location, and at the same time being able to keep in touch
with my colleagues, our distributors, customers, suppliers, media
and investors wherever I am in the world.
I haven't had my own office for years. In fact, the idea of
going to the same place just to work seems ridiculous, but as my
job can take me to one or two countries every week I needed to find
efficient ways to work whilst I travel, whilst at the same time
minimising my carbon footprint. After all, starting GoinGreen was
all about creating a positive force for environmental change.
I got a BlackBerry. It's made my time on the train and at
airports more productive. It's my mobile office, wherever I am I
have access to the information I need on the system. It's a great
time saving device.
It has contributed directly to my green way of working and because
I'm always connected I can organise my day as efficiently as
possible. I can call into meetings without having to
physically be present and by communicating on the move I have
eliminated that tedious requirement to deal with a hundred emails
at the start or end of the day. In fact, I would even go as far as
suggesting that the move to mobile has reduced my petrol
consumption by 50% and my working week by an hour a day.
In addition, having a camera integrated into my smartphone
has benefits. I was in Cyprus recently when I saw a design
that I thought would work for one of our projects. I took a picture
of it and emailed it to our R&D team. Later in the day I
received an email from them with the updated design in time for a
meeting with customers.
Every once in a while, a technology comes along that
dramatically changes the way we work and live. My BlackBerry is
most definitely one of them. It's meshed perfectly with my
organisation's spirit helping to reduce my carbon emissions, save
money and increase efficiency in one foul swoop.
Think of work as a thing you do not a place you go to. It means
you get to choose how you live your life!
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