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Our People: Steve Bonser.


An electric future.

Part of our Bristol office team, Steve is a Project Director who has a strong passion for all things electric.

As a Project Director and Chartered Electrical Engineer, my day-to-day responsibilities include…

…delivering a broad range of MEP design projects. I love how no two days are the same and the long-lasting professional relationships I get to build.

Seeing a project through, from start to finish, gives me great satisfaction!

My electric journey started…

…from an early age.

I was fascinated with all things electrical. Whether it was pestering my father to help with rewiring parts of the house or simply wiring a plug, I was always interested.

I saw the reality of electric as our main energy source when I worked closely with University of Bath to install electric vehicle (EV) charging points at the Calverton Down Campus. This was to charge a fleet of BMW electric cars that would transport Olympic athletes from Bath Spa train station to the Sports Training Village.

I’ve always been passionate about…

… driving; my commute to work is where I organise my thoughts and enjoy the road. However, after working on this project, I started to think differently. I saw how EVs were becoming a viable alternate.

I was clocking up nearly 20,000 miles a year in my diesel car and I wanted to change. So, after some test drives…

…in 2013 I was the first person at Hoare Lea to own an electric car; a BMWi3. After overcoming range-anxiety I realised that this was the future, and I haven’t looked back since.

Not only do they drive brilliantly, they also reduce my carbon footprint. It’s a win win. My current car has increased range and is a great example of how battery technology keeps improving. I’ve now driven more than 110,000 electric miles!

My Zappi charger for the car. This regulates the car’s re-charge rate depending on surplus solar power.

The next piece of the jigsaw…

…for me, was to get solar panels fitted to our house. I wanted to further reduce my carbon footprint, lower the demand on the grid and start producing green electricity. I’d done numerous projects using renewable technologies and I had seen the benefits. To further bolster our efficiency, I have also got battery storage and an energy diverter system.









During the 12 months since we installed the renewables…

…my home’s electrical consumption from the grid has reduced by 25%. The energy diverter means that our hot water is heated using surplus electricity. With this, our gas bill over the summer months has reduced by over 80%.

Our future is electric…

…and as an engineer I love seeing how things operate when optimised.

Generating and storing our own power has given me even more impetus to reduce our consumption. I now have a better understanding of the power my family uses and where it goes.

I want sustainable energy…

…to be made more widely accessible. While we are seeing an increase of renewables incorporated into new builds, I think this needs to go further. A lot of this technology is still in its infancy, and I believe that it will all contribute to providing a smart grid of power in the future.

In my spare time…

…I love spending time with my family and friends, catching up with them in the great outdoors. I’m also a willing taxi service for my boys’ various clubs and sporting events! I’ve always got a DIY project or two on the go at home.

However, my biggest hobby is motorcycling. I really enjoy riding a mixture of both modern and classic vehicles. I like to think my carbon savings from the car and the house offsets this habit!

My old Triumph – Cherill White Horse, Wiltshire.