Chargers are kind of a cart before the horse issue to the EV world. Asking a business to invest in installing and maintaining a charger is difficult especially if it isn't something they are knowledgeable about or if they don't see how it can benefit them. On the other side, if people view finding chargers as difficult, they worry about investing in an EV for themselves for fear of "running out of juice". As EV owners we can help with some of these issues by using the existing infrastructure to show businesses that if they install EVSE we will use them and can also show non-EV people what is available because when they see us in those parking spots they engage us and ask questions.
With that in mind, Drive Electric Columbus set up the #SupportLocalChargers Challenge. During the Challenge time period, we encourage our members to locate at least one public charger and use it. While there, take a picture and then share it with us. You can submit photos to DriveEVCbus@Gmail.com, share on our social media, or print one to bring to the next meeting. On Facebook, please add your pictures to our group page. On Instagram or Twitter, please use hashtags #SupportLocalChargers and #DriveEVCbus so that we can locate your photos.
Round 3 of the #SupportLocalChargers Challenge ran from July 1st to 31st and has now concluded.
During Round 3 we had extra bonus challenges, congrats to the following people who picked up prizes:
Gary D - charging at OSU Center for Automotive Research - received a tshirt and sunglasses
Laura M - charging at Broadway Station Apartments - received a travel mug
John G - charging at a dealership - received a DEC Hat
John G - charging at night/off peak during the heatwave - received a bumper sticker
Melissa - charging at an AEP logo'd EVSE - received a AEP cell phone stand
John G - charging at OSU - received sunglasses
Erin C - logging in to PlugShare and taking a screenshot - received an Amazon gift card
John G - surprise bonus for consistently logging into PlugShare and sharing screenshots every time, even when ICEd - received an Amazon gift card and a "You've ICEd me!" post it note pad.
Check out all the entries in the gallery below.
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