UK youth to design the EV charging point of the future


A new competition has been launched for UK students between the ages of 7 and 19 to design the future of electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

The ‘Eco Innovators’ competition which aims to inspire young people to use engineering and creativity. Winners will be chosen from two age categories, and will have their designs made into prototypes with support from industry stakeholders and experts.

The submissions will be judeged by a panel with representatives from National Grid, UK Future of Mobility Minister Jesse Norman, EV Thank You, the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles, National Transport Design Centre, RAC Foundation, Design Council and Living Streets. The winning charging points will be put on display at the country’s EV Experience Centre in Milton Keynes.

Minister Norman said: “The government’s ambition is for the UK to have one of the best charging infrastructure networks in the world for electric vehicles, as we move towards a zero emission future.

“I am delighted to be one of the judges of this terrific competition. We will be looking for really imaginative charge point designs that can play a big practical role in encouraging more people to buy and drive electric vehicles.”

The competition was first announced at the launch of the country’s Engineering: Take a Closer Look campaign, and closes on 18th October 2019.

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