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Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)

Bringing together the electric vehicle industry to inspire tomorrow’s engineers


To continue the legacy of 2018’s Year of Engineering, OLEV commissioned Hopscotch to launch a chargepoint design competition for schools.

We created the Eco-innovators competition, which inspired young people to take up careers in engineering by showing them the impact that engineers can have on the world around them and the creativity that is required for the role.

The Eco-innovators competition invited students aged 7-19 across the UK to take part. Using a package of curriculum-linked EV lessons, teachers guided their students to create designs that were iconic, sustainable and considered the users and street environment. Targeted school communications focussed on eco-council’s and STEM teachers, as well as leveraging key stakeholder channels.

We negotiated money-can’t-buy prizes including Tesla work experience placements, Octopus charge-points installed in schools and the winner’s design built as a scale model by the National Transport Design Centre.

We had over 1,800 entries from 91 different schools from every UK nation. Following the entry deadline, we organised a judging panel held at the Department for Transport. Judges attended from the National Grid, RAC foundation, ARUP, The Design Council, youth campaigner EV Thank You and the National Transport Design Centre who helped us to determine the top 10 winners from each age category.

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