Marlow based DriveElectric agrees deal with Sumitomo Corporation


DriveElectric has agreed a transformative deal with the Japanese Sumitomo Corporation which will see an acceleration in the car company’s products and services to meet the increasing demand for electric vehicles in the UK.

The company, based in Marlow Buckinghamshire, has put more than 6,000 pure battery cars and vans on the road and is pioneering EV adoption.

DriveElectric not only supplies electric vehicles of all types and offers a range of leasing options, it also offers technical and customer support. It provides  charging cables and equipment, bespoke vehicle add-ons, and even driver training.

Sumitomo Corporation is a leading Fortune 500 global trading company, founded in 1919 in Japan. Its business spans a range of industries including metal products, transportation and construction systems, infrastructure, media and digital, consumer lifestyle, real estate, mineral resources, energy and chemical and electronics. It also jointly owns Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service, Japan’s largest automotive leasing company.

Mike Potter, Managing Director, DriveElectric, said: “With the UK due to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 there is an urgent need to ensure that businesses and motorists can make the switch to electric vehicles as quickly and as easily as possible. DriveElectric is now able to scale up its level of expert service to meet rapidly increasing customer demand, as well as to expand the technology offering of the business.”

Takashi Yamana, CEO, Sumitomo Corporation Europe, added: “Sumitomo Corporation is delighted to be part of the DriveElectric business and contribute to UK’s journey towards Net Zero by promoting transition to zero-emission mobility. Also, we look forward to creating additional values to customers and society by developing new offerings integrated with digital and energy services.”