Inventor of electric car charging points sues BP for £1m in shares row

An inventor behind the first electric car charging points is suing BP over a £1million bonus package.

Calvey Taylor-Haw claims the oil supermajor is refusing to hand over share options which he is owed as part of a deal made when he sold his technology.

The 62-year-old will have a showdown with the company at an employment tribunal later this month.

The inventor behind the first electric car charging points, Calvey Taylor-Haw, claims BP is refusing to hand over share options owed to him under a deal made when he sold his idea

The inventor behind the first electric car charging points, Calvey Taylor-Haw, claims BP is refusing to hand over share options owed to him under a deal made when he sold his idea

The inventor behind the first electric car charging points, Calvey Taylor-Haw, claims BP is refusing to hand over share options owed to him under a deal made when he sold his idea

Taylor-Haw started charging firm Elektromotive in a Battersea flat in 2003, and introduced the first commercial car charging points in London two years later. 

In 2017 he sold the business to rival Chargemaster – now part of BP – and was given share options worth just over £1million as part causes of weight loss in females the deal.

He was kept on staff and tasked with inventing charging stations which could be used by households and small companies.

In 2017 Taylor-Haw sold his business - Elektromotive - to rival Chargemaster, which is now part of BP, and was given share options worth just over £1million as part of the deal

In 2017 Taylor-Haw sold his business - Elektromotive - to rival Chargemaster, which is now part of BP, and was given share options worth just over £1million as part of the deal

In 2017 Taylor-Haw sold his business – Elektromotive – to rival Chargemaster, which is now part of BP, and was given share options worth just over £1million as part of the deal

The inventor was kept on staff and tasked with developing charging stations which could be used by households and small companies

The inventor was kept on staff and tasked with developing charging stations which could be used by households and small companies

The inventor was kept on staff and tasked with developing charging stations which could be used by households and small companies

But lawyers for Taylor-Haw claim he was undermined by senior management before being made redundant after five months. 

It is claimed he was repeatedly told that he would keep the share options despite losing his job. 

But when BP bought Chargemaster for £130m last year, Taylor-Haw discovered the bonus had been taken away.

He is suing BP for unfair dismissal and is being represented by law firm Fox Williams.

A spokesman for BP said: ‘BP Chargemaster intends to fully defend this claim in a tribunal later this month and will not be commenting further.’

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