Designed by Michael Siu, the Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Station, or SEVCS for short, is a Spark Award Concept-Fall-Winter winner, and no wonder. This totally self-contained innovation includes all the factors needed for EV charging, from the power supply itself to the methods of paying for it. This includes a master control system, a transformer (to ramp power up or down depending on the type of EV being charged), a connector (cord) and plug holder, and finally user interfaces like card readers and a touch pad for making a payment.
As one would expect from such a device, the Smart EV Charging Station also offers different power connectors for almost every country’s (and city’s) charging standards—an accommodation that also extends to a wide range of different of vehicles manufactured in such diverse locations (and under diverse standards) as Tesla Motors in California and BYD Auto in Shenzhen, China.
Top all this convenience off with a custom-designed solar panel fitted with its own “smart” sun tracker, to capture every last photon of sunlight to power the charging station’s lighting and user-interface devices, and the charging station becomes super eco-friendly, reducing emissions and generating its own brand of clean energy. Add in the fact that most of the materials in the SEVCS can be recycled, and the charger’s already large green footprint grows even larger, especially with the introduction of ergonomic features designed to make it user-friendly to those with special needs (i.e. wheelchair bound and the elderly).
On the commercial side, businesses wanting to invest in installing a SEVCS will be pleased to learn that the charger is payment system-ready, allowing fast and efficient migration via a tutorial. This allows for electronic payments from a host of contactless prepaid travel cards like Oyster in the U.K. and Octopus in Hong Kong. Add to that a self-monitoring system that shuts itself down if power fails (and restarts itself again when service is resumed), and a modular design that allows expansion of a single unit to three, and you have a hit.