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 4 is happening now! From October 15th to November 17th just submit a picture of your EV/PHEV at a public charger to participate. We have EV Charging HangTags for all first time participants and will have a variety of bonus prizes during the challenge so stay tuned to find out more.
After the success of the Plugshare check in bonus challenge last round, we are continuing it this round so remember to check in while you are charging. By checking in on Plugshare, other users will know if a unit has been recently used or is in use and will have a way to get ahold of you if you are charging and they arrive in desperate need of a charge. Screenshot yourself checked in to any station and submit for an entry into a random drawing to win an Amazon Gift Card.
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