Bsc. Eng (Elec-Mech), MBA,PMP, Co-Owner
Challenge has taken centre stage throughout his life…
When, as a toddler, when Antony English received a toy as a present he was often compelled to gather Dad’s tools and start disassembling it to see how it worked. He just had to understand the magic of the mechanics and later also the mystery of electricity. And so his life and professional career were launched and kept in orbit by the challenge.
His childhood fantasies were shaped and took off at Progress Flight Academy – his parents’ flying school at Greenbushes in the Eastern Cape where at the age of 17 he qualified as a private pilot and subsequently as a commercial pilot.
Having been granted a bursary by Anglo American he graduated with honours in 1999 as an Electro-Mechanical Engineer. During the past twelve years, he’s been employed in project engineering and management within the mineral processing sectors.
Antony reached another personal milestone in March 2006 when he took to the air in his laboriously restored vintage aircraft.
Further personal challenges were achieved with the completion of his MBA in 2005 and in 2011 he became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
But all this while, another exciting challenge was beginning to take shape in Antony’s mind: an SUV conversion to pure electric drive – Freedom1. Years of prior research, design and planning were spent to bring this new vision to life… and from May 2009, together with Antony and Lizette, spent somewhat more than 1000 hours of hard work in their small workshop – converting, building, testing, rethinking and retesting the conversion of their Jeep Grand Cherokee to a pure electric vehicle (EV). On 9 December 2011 Antony and Lizette successfully took to the road in Freedom1 (their electric converted Jeep Grand Cherokee)…