GlobalData research has found the biggest influencers in electric vehicles based on their performance and engagement online. Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Road Traffic Technology has named ten of the most influential people in electric vehicles on Twitter during Q3 2020.

Biggest influencers in electric vehicles: The top ten in Q3 2020

 1. Thomas J Thias (@AmazingChevVolt)

Thomas J Thias is a desktop publisher at Clean Energy Retort, a twitter handle providing news and insights on electric vehicles (EVs), renewable energy and sustainability. He has more than three decades of expertise in the automotive industry, specialising in sales of conventional gas vehicles.

Thias was previously working as a car salesperson for Sundance Chevrolet, a car dealership selling new and used cars. He also hosts many EV-based events in collaboration with various organisations.

Twitter followers: 6,380

GlobalData influencer score: 100

2. Engin Dikmen (@gezgintrk)

Engin Dikmen is the founder of EDS BILISIM, an online platform providing digital publishing, mobile application and augmented reality services. He has extensive experience in managing projects in the domains of television advertisements, digital marketing and creative services that target medium and large-scale businesses.

Dikmen has previously worked in various roles such as sales director, marketing manager, and sales representative. His areas of interest include climate change, social media marketing and EVs.

Twitter followers: 13,328

GlobalData influencer score:

3. Arik Ring (@arikring)

Arik Ring is an energy consultant with vast experience in the energy systems domain. He has managed prominent renewable energy projects and specialises in power plants, solar and various clean-tech technologies. He has also collaborated with different multinational companies, government agencies and start-ups across the energy industry.

Ring’s areas of interest include concentrated solar power, wind energy and solar photovoltaic. He has previously worked as lecturer at ORT College and Matrix GreenTech College.

Twitter followers: 86,770

GlobalData influencer score: 93

4. Marcell Vollmer (@mvollmer1)

Dr. Marcell Vollmer is a partner and director at Boston Consulting Group, a strategy consulting company. He advises executives on a host of innovation, digital transformation and new business models. He specialises in customer support and implementation of digital transformation strategies for various industries at a global level.

Vollmer previously worked with SAP, where he enabled businesses to overcome the supply chain complexity by providing software solutions.

Twitter followers: 63,112

GlobalData influencer score: 69

 5. Thomas Hillig (@THEnergyNet)

Dr. Thomas Hillig is the founder of THEnergy, a top boutique consultancy specialising in renewables. He has vast experience in marketing, strategy and sales consulting services for renewable energy companies.

Hiling is an expert at developing energy concepts and demonstrating their sustainability. He is a member of the board of advisors at the Africa Solar Industry Association and has served as an external consultant for Clean Horizon Consulting, a consultancy specialising in energy storage.

Twitter followers: 48,107

GlobalData influencer score: 68

6. Henrik Fisker (@henrikfisker)

Henrik Fisker is the founder and chairman of Fisker, an American automobile manufacturer specialising in EVs and battery solutions. He is an automotive designer and entrepreneur renowned for developing innovation friendly solutions and challenging conventions. He launched the first premium plug-in hybrid vehicle, Fisker Karma, in 2011.

Fisker is also the CEO of HF Design, a design firm focused on consumers products for a range of sectors including automotive, lifestyle and education. His areas of interest are architectural design, smart devices, furniture, consumer products and luxury products.

Twitter followers: 61,819

GlobalData influencer score: 67

7. The PlugSeeker (@The_PlugSeeker)

ThePlugSeeker is a youtuber who owns a YouTube channel of the same name. He is an ardent exponent of environment, sustainable transportation, EVs and renewable energy.

He has also developed the PlugShare app, which provides information on locations of EV and Tesla charging stations. His areas of interests include science, gadgets, technology, politics and Sci-Fi programmes.

Twitter followers: 4,515

GlobalData influencer score: 66

 8. Dan Caesar (@FullyChargedDan)

Dan Caesar is the managing director of Fully Charged, a renewable energy and EV focussed YouTube channel. He has more than a decade’s experience in promoting EVs and renewables and is a strong critic of climate change and environmental pollution.

Caesar has extensive background in communications, project management, media, strategy and events. He has launched various projects such as The Renewables Roadshow and Energy Storage Alliance.

Twitter followers: 17,242

GlobalData influencer score: 65

9. Tom Raftery (@TomRaftery)

Tom Raftery is the global vice president, futurist and innovation evangelist at SAP, a software and technology solutions company. He is also an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, event organiser and a guest lecturer at an international business school in Spain. His blog is Ireland’s most subscribed blog and has won many awards.

Raftery is also an advisory board member for LocatorX, a technology firm offering solutions to companies to track their assets.

Twitter followers: 24,177

GlobalData influencer score: 64

10. Alvin Foo (@alvinfoo)

Alvin Foo is the co-founder of DaoVentures, an asset management and advisory firm for decentralised finance. He is also a marketing and technology evangelist with more than two decades of experience in tech companies across Asia-Pacific.

Foo also specialises in the domains of artificial intelligence, digital transformation, blockchain, fintech, marketing technology and EVs. Previously, he worked with Reprise China, a digital agency, where he provided business solutions to clients.

Twitter followers: 56,257

GlobalData influencer score: 64


GlobalData’s influencer identification framework identifies influencers based on relevance; size of network, connections and followers; engagement levels with their content and analysis and input from sector experts. Influencers are then evaluated on a series of specific topic-related keywords used over the period and weighted by engagement metrics.