About the #SupportLocalChargers Challenge

Chargers  are kind of a cart before the horse issue to the EV world.  Asking a  business to invest in installing and maintaining EVSE 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 5 is coming soon!  Join us June 1st to July 15th for our next round of the #SupportLocalChargers challenge.   New this round is POWER Bingo.   Complete 3 spaces and you can choose one of our fun stickers (limit 2 per person).  Complete a full line and select either a ZAPped or ICEd Post-It pad (limit 2 per person).  Or if you Cover All you can pick from our Prize Stash (goodies  found in it include t-shirts, hats, reusable water bottles, miniature/toy EVs, and more) plus you will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a $20 Amazon card (limit 1 Cover All per person).  

Rules for Round 5 of #SupportLocalChargers Challenge:

  • Photos for submission should be of your own PHEV or EV (only show things/people in photos that you want shared with others)
  • Submitting a photo to the challenge will be considered permission for us to reuse the photo on our website, newsletter, and social media.
  • Each photo for a space can only be counted once so choose wisely what you use your photo for when marking your card.
  • You may redeem the any 3 spaces and full line levels a maximum of twice for prizes.
  • You may only redeem Cover All once.
  • You are responsible for tracking your own POWER Bingo Card.  Please post on social media or email us if you complete a prize level.

Grab a POWER Bingo board below and get ready to charge your EV, snap a picture, and win some goodies!




  1. What is a Charging Buddy?  - It's when you using an EVSE and there is another EV using the EVSE in a neighboring space.
  2. Why just the suburbs of Worthington, Marble Cliff, and Upper Arlington? - Each of those suburbs has recently taken their EVSE live and we wanted to help support those communities for their investment in EV infrastructure.
  3. What Campus EVSE should I use?  - Any campus counts!  Drop by OSU, head out of town to Kent State or Ohio University, visit Ohio Northern, or whatever other campus you want. We can't wait to see what higher education facility you visit.
  4. How do you know the EVSE is at a store or restaurant?  - If you say it is at the restaurant or store, we believe you.  We award prizes on the honor system. :)
  5. How do I share a Plugshare Login?  - Screenshot your phone after check in at the EVSE.  Send us that "picture" along with your picture from the EVSE.     If you need help figuring out how to screenshot, drop us an email.
  6. I really want to go for a cover all but I have a short range EV, how can I do Out of Town?  - Distance can be a barrier, but we are happy to accept any of out town EVSE.  On the west side, consider West Jefferson (at under 10 miles from Hilliard or Galloway it would be a great option).  North end?  May try Sunbury.  Over east?  Aim for New Albany.  Your out of town can be different and that's okay.  :)
  7. My question hasn't been answered, help? - Send us an email at Info@DriveElectricColumbus.com and we will help you out.

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