The Inventor of the Networked Charging Station
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., (November 5, 2019) – Volta, the industry leader in innovative electric vehicle charging networks, today announced its new Chief Technology Officer, Praveen Mandal, a seasoned industry veteran and entrepreneur within the electric vehicle space. A MIT Connection Science Fellow with an accomplished resume, Mandal brings a successful track record of impactful ideas for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and a fresh take on AI expertise to Volta and the industry.
“I’m honored to join Volta, a company that has always stood out to me as a pioneer of the most innovative business model in the electric vehicle charging infrastructure market,” said Praveen Mandal, Volta’s new chief technology officer (CTO). “I share Volta’s passion for creating a fundamental shift in mobility, and I look forward to helping this fast-growing team advance the electric vehicle revolution.”
Mandal is a former engineer turned serial entrepreneur who jump started the electric vehicle charging industry through the co-founding of Chargepoint in 2007; where he also served as its President. Furthermore, he is the recognized inventor of the “networked charging stations” concept; a pioneering idea that helped drive the adoption of charging stations by all industry stakeholders. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of 2predict, a team of data scientists providing advanced machine learning solutions for innovative companies.
With a passion for electrification of transportation, Mandal owned his first electric vehicle in 2008 by taking a Toyota Prius and doing an aftermarket conversion from Pat’s Garage in San Francisco.
Mandal joins Volta at a time where they just launched their free DC fast charging service and is bringing machine learning know-how to Volta’s sponsors. He currently resides in San Francisco.
Founded in 2010 out of a passion for advancing electric transportation, Volta has mastered the art and science of developing cutting-edge electric vehicle charging networks. Volta is accelerating the electric vehicle movement by providing seamless, simple and free charging experiences. Thoughtfully located along the paths of daily life, Volta chargers are the most heavily used in the industry. With the support of forward-thinking brand partners, Volta delivers free charging solutions to real estate owners, power to the electric vehicle community and impactful brand stories to everyone.