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TEAM Maxus



Maxus is one of several well-known brands under the parent company SAIC, based in China. After acquiring LDV in 2010, SAIC manufactured these LCVs under the MAXUS moniker for the home market in China and select left-hand drive markets in Europe such as Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands. Then in April 2020, LDV rebranded as MAXUS across right-hand drive Europe, consolidating the brand’s presence across Europe, China and beyond. The Maxus brand continues to represent outstanding performance, high efficiency and superb reliability across its range of vehicles.

Innovative, thought-leading and future-focused, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) is the largest automotive group in China, and is the name behind the MAXUS (formerly LDV) brand. Based in Shanghai, SAIC produces almost seven million vehicles each year for both domestic and international markets and is a Fortune Global 500 listed company with almost 100,000 employees.

The company has a number of well-known brands within its portfolio including the acclaimed MAXUS range of LCV’s. With a bright future ahead, SAIC’s vision is to continue to build an innovative, globally-recognised company that pioneers the future of the automotive industry, actively promoting new energy vehicles.

The Harris Group is one of Ireland’s leading importers and distributors of commercial vehicles for the construction, distribution and mass transportation industries.  Founded in 1961, the company has developed an unrivalled reputation for exceptional customer service through a state-of-the-art parts distribution centre and extensive workshop facilities.

Today, Harris Group operations encompass a global supply chain, a pan-European customer base and an extensive network of dealers, with a firm focus on technological innovation and the next generation of clean, sustainable motoring. Harris Group is the distributor for the Maxus range of vehicles in the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Malta and Cyprus.

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EVROS Talks - Maxus


Bill Laidlaw
Bill Laidlaw with over 32 years’ experience in automotive industry, trucks, vans, fleet, service, rental in commercial vehicles sector.   Since joining the Maxus family in 2017 as Dealer development manager, Bill then progressed to Maxus UK Sales Manager.   Bill is a specialist on EV LCV sales, charging, infrastructure and training.  Bill is really enjoying the Maxus Journey and working with our customers and partners on creating and providing the perfect solutions in electric with our range of Maxus vehicles.  The EVROS rally gives us great exposure to show off our range and put the e DELIVER 3 & e deliver 9 through their paces.  It will be great to get the feedback from the other drivers and their experience of our model range on the route.

John Corbett
On a personal note John Corbett, 52 years old & has been married for 27 years, 2 kids Daniel 28 and Becky 25 and an 8 year old granddaughter Ruby who keeps him on his toes.    John got a new outlook on life this year as he spent 10 days in critical care last November with Covid-19 Pneumonia and had a very lucky escape.   John sales manager at Northside Maxus is loving Maxus vans and the Maxus Brand and has been in the motor industry since leaving school 36 years ago so he can honestly say it is in his blood.   John is really enjoying the whole new EV rush and can’t wait to see where the journey takes us next.    In his personal time John follows Stoke City for his sins.

Paul Kirby
Paul Kirby, now working freelance, has been working within the Van Sector for nearly 20 years. Having driven his first electric van in 2004, he is really excited to be taking one of the most capable electric vans on the market around this iconic route, proving that Electric Vans have greater potential TODAY than many give credit for.    Paul’s aim is to help fleets accelerate the transition to electric, both improving air quality and reducing climate change.    Demonstrating the capabilities of the Maxus range on this trip will certainly help the cause, not to mention, give great real world experiences to share!

Sara Sloman
Sara Sloman with a background in public and private sector consultancy roles primarily serving Local Authorities, she has been involved in delivering sustainability centred infrastructure projects for over fifteen years.   Sara brings an understanding of the lifecycle of infrastructure funding and the necessary steps required to successfully implement an effective Sustainability strategy.   Sara has worked for the for the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and was honoured to be leading on elements of the Go Ultra Low West project in the West of England.   Sara was proud to be part of the Energy and Infrastructure team at leading law firm, Foot Anstey LLP, where I was able to see every side of the infrastructure debate from developer to landlord, local authority partnerships through to consultancy services.   Sara is a believer in supporting all modes of transport for a sustainable future and my passion is in clean energy and zero emission mobility. Named as EV Champion in 2018 and featuring on the GreenFleet “100 Most influential” list in 2019, 2020 and 2021, I am very excited for the future to help fleets convert away from ICE vehicles and I am looking forward to trying out the Maxus models e DELIVER 3 & e DELIVER 9 on the route delighted to be part of the EVROS Rally.

Phil Harvey
Phil Harvey is the Fleet Sales Manager for MAR Vehicle Solutions Ltd and has been involved in the Motor Industry for 30 years and has been part of the EV Journey with MAXUS since 2017. He is relishing the challenge of showing how capable and efficient the MAXUS range of electric vehicles are driving around some of the most scenic yet demanding routes around Scotland. He has two children Caitlin 12 and Kian 6 who are looking forward to following his progress around the 1,200 mile route. In his spare time Phil is an avid golfer.