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UK: Garnering good ideas from young people


As part of a national schools’ competition, the ‘Eco Innovators’ competition, students aged 7-19 are being asked to create a design for on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points.  Competition entries are now open until 18 October 2019.

The Eco Innovators competition aims to inspire a new generation of creative engineers and to set electrification higher on the public agenda. Competition winners will have their designs made into real-life prototypes supported by industry experts.

The competition is the initiative of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). News of the launch is being spread, among other avenues, with the following Twitter announcement:

Nusrat Ghani, 2018 Year of Engineering Minister, MP for Wealden and Transport & Maritime Minister, said that “The ‘Eco Innovators’ competition encourages young people to see engineering as an exciting and creative career path, helping them shape the world around them and make a real difference.”

Submissions will be judged by a panel from organisations including the RAC Foundation, the National Grid, the National Transport Design Centre, Design Council, Living Streets, EV Thank You, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Minister for Transport, Jesse Norman.

The Eco Innovators competition is open to students from now until the closing deadline 18 October 2019, via Winning entries will be announced shortly thereafter.



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