Thousands of electric vehicle charging stations will be built around the country over the next decade. ChargerHelp!, founded in January 2020 by Kameale C. Terry and Evette Ellis, wants to make sure they stay up and running.
The idea for the on-demand repair app for EV charging stations came to Terry when she was working at EV Connect, where she held a number of roles including director of programs and head of customer experience. She noticed long wait times to fix non-electrical issues at charging stations due to the industry practice to use electrical contractors.
When the stations went down we really couldnt get anyone on site because most of the issues were communication issues, vandalism, firmware updates or swapping out a part all things that were not electrical, Terry said in an interview with TechCrunch earlier this year.
After Terry quit her job to start ChargerHelp!, she joined the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, where she developed a first-of-its-kind EV Network Technician Training Curriculum. Shortly after, Terry and Ellis were accepted into Elemental Excelerators startup incubator and have landed contracts with major EV charging network providers like EV Connect and SparkCharge.
The company uses a workforce-development approach to hiring, meaning that they only hire in cohorts. Workers receive full training, earn two safety licenses, are guaranteed a wage of $30 an hour and receive shares in the startup, Terry said.
Were excited to announce that Kameale Terry will be joining us atTC Sessions: Mobility 2021, a one-day virtual event that is scheduled June 9. Well be covering a lot of ground with Terry, from how she developed her EV repair curriculum to what she sees in the companys future.
Each year TechCrunch brings together founders, investors, CEOs and engineers who are working on all things transportation and mobility. If it moves people and packages from Point A to Point B, we cover it. This years agenda is filled with leaders in the mobility space who are shaping the future of transportation, from EV charging to autonomous vehicles to urban air taxis.
Among the growing list of speakers are Rimac Automobili founder Mate Rimac, Revel TransitCEOFrank Reig, community organizer, transportation consultant and lawyerTamika L. Butler and Remix/Viaco-founder and CEOTiffany Chu, who will come together to discuss how (and if) urban mobility can increase equity while still remaining a viable business.
Other guests includeMotionals President and CEO Karl Iagnemma, Aurora co-founder and CEO Chris Urmson, GMs VP of Global InnovationPam Fletcher,Scale AICEOAlexandr Wang,Joby Aviationfounder and CEOJoeBen Bevirt, investor andLinkedInfounderReid Hoffman(whose special purpose acquisition company just merged with Joby), investorsClara BrennerofUrban Innovation Fund,Quin GarciaofAutotech VenturesandRachel HoltofConstruct Capital,Zooxco-founder and CTOJesse Levinson.
We also recently announced a panel dedicated to Chinas robotaxi industry, featuring three female leaders from Chinese AV startups:AutoXs COO Jewel Li,Huan Sun, general manager of Momenta Europe with Momenta, andWeRides VP of Finance Jennifer Li.
Dont wait to book your tickets to TC Sessions: Mobility as prices go up at the door.Grab your passesright now and hear from todays biggest mobility leaders.