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Young engineers called on to design electric vehicle charge points

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Young innovators, artists and engineers have been called on to design concepts for electric vehicle charge points.  

The government-run ‘Eco Innovators’ competition is aimed at 7 to 19 year olds and winners will have their designs made into real-life prototypes with support from industry experts.

Successful charge point prototypes will then be at the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre in Milton Keynes. 

The competition comes as the UK seeks to boost its electric vehicle infrastructure ahead of banning new petrol and diesel car sales in 2032.  

Future of mobility minister Jesse Norman said: “I am delighted to be one of the judges of this terrific competition,” he said. “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 is part of the Engineering: Take a Closer Look campaign - a legacy project of the hugely successful Year of Engineering campaign - which aims to recruit more young people into the engineering sector. 

Science and innovation minister Chris Skidmore said the Take a Closer Look campaign was vital in ensuring the UK’s innovative engineering legacy continues. “The UK has an extraordinary engineering history, from Ada Lovelace’s instrumental role in developing the first computer to Frank Whittle inventing the turbojet engine,” he said.  

“The Engineering: Take a Closer Look campaign will play a crucial role in inspiring the next generation. I am proud to be leading on this important campaign, as we seek to upskill people to meet the challenges of tomorrow through our modern Industrial Strategy.” 

The submissions to the competition 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 Norman. 

The competition is open until mid-October, with the winners to be announced shortly after.  

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