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Kia is a global brand with a vision for sustainable e-mobility, and a leader in electric vehicle (EV) technology. Kia UK is proud to be a partner of the GreenFleet EV Rally of Scotland in 2021, an initiative which seeks to challenge opinions of electric driving and demonstrate, during COP26, why the future of driving is something to be truly excited about.

Electrification sits at the heart of Kia's plans for the future, as the brand spearheads the popularisation of EVs worldwide. Under its new mid- to long-term ‘Plan S’ strategy, the company will launch seven dedicated new EV models by 2026. Based on a new E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform) architecture, Kia will introduce these EVs across a range of different vehicle segments.

Launching in 2021, the all-new Kia EV6 is the first of the brand’s next-generation EVs. Embodying Kia’s early shift towards electrification, the EV6 is perfectly suited to the GreenFleet EV Rally of Scotland. Thanks to its advanced E-GMP technologies, it offers maximum driving range, ultra-rapid recharging times, and an engaging drive. Its sleek, aerodynamic crossover-inspired design also means it offers generous cabin space and high practicality – the ideal vehicle in which to cover 1,234 ‘e-miles’.


David Gillanders is an experienced car industry specialist. He was a Dealer Principle of a Major Dealership in the North East of Scotland for over 50 years. He was also a British Rally Champion and a Scottish Rally Champion. His motorsport career saw him compete in all types of events in the UK, South Africa and the Middle East.

Graham Neish is an ex engineer who has lived and worked all over the world. He has driven many types of vehicles in the different locations he has visited and worked. He was a co-driver to David for a part of David’s career and competed in numerous rallies in the UK.

David and Graham last competed successfully on the Scottish Rally in 1986 which had a similar route to the EVROS Route. They are excited about driving the latest technology from KIA, the EV6. The key objective is to evaluate the cars performance against the harsh winter environment of Scotland.

Martin Symes heads up SWARCO Smart Charging UK Operations, having spent the last 18 years managing operations across a variety of different verticals including Logistics, Advertising, Digital Signage, AV and Digital Workspace before moving into EV. Martin has a passion for operations and especially the people. Outside of work Martin has a farm where he and his family run a horse retirement facility in the Buckinghamshire countryside, his partner and one (so far) of his young daughters also keep their horses there and ride locally. Aside from horses they also have other animals including chickens, goats, cats and dogs too. He hopes an Electric Tractor to be his next new toy!
Linda Grave is an experienced consultant helping companies navigate the complex world of EV Charging Infrastructure.
She’s an entrepreneur who has built successful companies within the renewable energy and EV sectors over a 18-year period. Having built the EV Driver network of public EV charging points in the East of England, which she sold in 2020. She’s a pioneer in EV roaming and interoperability passionate about ensuring the barriers to access are lowered and customer satisfaction is paramount.
Sam Clarke is a life-long entrepreneur, EV evangelist, industry advisor and EV driver for nearly 20 years. He was a 2015 winner at the Great British Entrepreneurs Awards and in 2021 was voted #17 in the top 100 most influential people in Low Carbon Fleets. In 2009 he founded the all-electric delivery firm Gnewt in doing so creating the UK’s largest fully electric commercial fleet, the largest privately-owned smart charging infrastructure and UK’s most advanced private V2G network of its time. Sam is also a regular public speaker and is a founding member of The EV Café and has featured on programmes such as Fully Charged on multiple occasions. Most recently, Sam extended his Board advisory capacity within GRIDSERVE to become their Chief Vehicle Officer. His role is to drive forward mass uptake of electric vehicles through the creation of a net zero EV leasing division, commercial charging infrastructure builds and support the nationwide network roll out of high-powered Electric Forecourts as well as the upgrade of the Electric Highway service station network.
David Ward is the Commercial Director for Newsquest Scotland, joining in 2011, he has taken up several senior roles across our brand portfolio. He has led Newsquest’s commercial content strategy since Jan 17 and launched, government backed, campaigns such as ‘The Future of Education’, ‘Climate for Change’ and ‘Entrepreneur’. He is responsible for commercial strategy, digital transformation and P&L performance of brand portfolio that includes The Herald, Glasgow Times, The National, Business HQ, s1homes and s1cars. David is married with twin boys, age 5. David has a passion for sport, travel and food and regularly researches his next adventure.