Founder and Managing Director of GridCars, Winstone has a BSc (Honours) degree from Rhodes University in Math, Physics and Computer Science and has worked in industry for 28 years. Early in his career he was involved in developing IT systems for industries such as Banking, Insurance, GIS, 3D Graphics, Process Control, Mining, Energy Management and Optimization and General Industrial Engineering.
During the past 9 years Winstone has focused more on his core passion, which is to understand future trends in Energy and Mobility, and finding ways to be a pioneer and evangelist in area of energy efficiency and sustainable utilization. As a result of his strong interest in alternative transport technologies such as electric cars, and associated standards and management and control systems, he became a founding member of the Advanced Energy Foundation in 2006, and in 2008 he was appointed as Chairman of the Foundation. The Foundation’s primary objective is the promotion of science, technology and innovation in education, via practical challenges. In 2013 Winstone, along with BMW, Nissan and SANEDI, was a founding member of EVIA (Electric Vehicle Industry Association). In 2017 a majority share was acquired in GridCars by Solareff (Pty) Ltd, who are medium-to-large scale rooftop and ground-mounted solar PV specialists, through this acquisition GridCars is now a proud member of the Alviva Group of companies.
Winstone has recently been involved in various commercial projects including developing business cases for renewable energy, research and development of a commercial commuter electric car, and the promotion of smart grid connected systems such as Electric Vehicle Charging infrastructure and back-office systems. He is an accomplished speaker who has presented at conferences on various aspects of innovation, development and future trends in energy (both generation and consumption) as well as and the drive and technology behind Electric Vehicles and associated support systems.