When the founder of EV charging company FreeWire took apart his first electric vehicle to find it resembled a washing machine motor, he realized that EVs would be the simpler and safer car that the world needed. After making a name in Silicon Valley as a one-man charging network, Arcady Sosinov’s company is revolutionizing the way retailers (formerly known as gas stations) are viewing their EV charging business.
Arcady Sosinov, CEO, FreeWire Technologies
“I remember getting a Fiat 500E, it’s a little tiny car…I put it up on a lift, tore it apart, dropped the battery pack and I looked at what remained, and there was almost nothing on the ground. I mean, it was just a battery pack that was relatively simple to design at this point, a motor that was effectively a souped-up washing machine motor – the same motor that we’ve been using in washing machines for many decades now – and I just think about it now. Imagine you telling me or telling my kids one day that we used to drive around and there were thousands of little explosions that happened within the hood of the car and we had to control those little explosions. So how did those explosions happen? Well, we used dinosaurs and that concept seems crazy and complex. And when you look at how simple the platform the electric vehicle is, you start to think to yourself simplicity always wins. It always wins.”
Arcady is the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of FreeWire. Prior to founding FreeWire, he spent almost a decade in finance and investment management, most recently at GMO and prior to that BNY Mellon. Arcady holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and an economics degree from Boston University.