Adam Griffin’s project looked at electric vehicle charging and how he could streamline the user interactions. He created a service that focuses on ease of use, creating a better reputation for electric vehicles, cultivating interest at a time when we need to make a change to cleaner fuel sources.
His service is made of two components, the main of which is the UX charger. This product moves away from the petrol pump style chargers, providing two user interfaces per charger in a tri-sided design. The addition of a status light on the charger allows users to determine if they can use the charger without having to move up to the machine.
The charger also comes with handles that he redesigned to have distinct looks which helps the users easily find the right plug. The unique aspect of these plugs is the CCS2’s ability to offer both rapid and slow charging through detachable direct current pins. This means older models of EVs can still use the charger.
The second part of his service is the EV Companion app. The app’s main selling point is that it directly connects to chargers over Wi-Fi, allowing it to stay up to date with their live status, a feature that no other app provides. Alongside this feature, the app can plan routes for users to travel to chargers and with chargers along the way.