Make an Electric Car Competition Winner
Posted by Roseanne: Apr 22, 2020 • 3 min read
Today we’re excited to announce the winner of our Make an Electric Car competition!
As part of our #ElectricSchools initiative, we challenged children to show us their best-engineering feats by creating a toy EV and sending us a video of it in action.
We assembled an expert judging committee made up of Pod Point’s finest engineers - including our CEO & Founder Erik Fairbairn - who were looking for strong design flair and functionality.
Having reviewed the entries, our judges have now selected a winner who’ll receive the £100 prize, along with £100 for their school!
Our judges were blown away by the effort put in by the kids at St Mary's RC Primary School.
- They split into groups to build four spectacular EVs and submitted their entries in a single high-energy video.
- From these four EVs, one stood out in particular.
- Our judges were impressed by its speed and aerodynamic design.
With that in mind, it gives us immense pleasure to announce Group 3 and their EV - ‘Jeep123’ - as the winner!
Congratulations Mehek, Romello, Matthew and Faith - you’ve won our #ElectricSchools competition and will get £100 to share along with £100 for your school!
Take a look at the winning entry in action:
Here’s what our judges had to say:
Erik Fairbairn, Pod Point Founder & CEO: "They were all wonderful entries but, for me, the winner was the Jeep 123. You can see it's made from light-weight material and its large shape looks to have helped with the airflow in the propeller. Top work!"
Rob Walden, Hardware Engineering Director: "What a super group of kids! They have all put a lot of effort and thought into this. Jeep 121 is the winner for me because of their enthusiasm for their project, the design and its speed on the track."
Peter Slotwinski, Product Development Engineer: "Jeep 123 is the one. Build quality is top-notch and there appears to be ample airflow through the chassis to get the car moving fast, despite its size. It looks great too!"
They were also thrilled to hear that the kids have learnt a lot about electric cars and the dangers of air pollution using our KS2 toolkit.
What is Pod Point's Electric Schools initiative?
Electric cars have a vital role to play in improving air quality in the UK. Sadly, air pollution contributes to 40,000 premature deaths per year in the UK, and it disproportionately affects younger children as pollutants concentrate nearer to the ground.
With our #ElectricSchools initiative, we’re installing free chargepoints - worth over £1,200 - at selected primary schools in areas with higher than usual air pollution, to help improve air quality and encourage teachers and communities to move to zero-emission transport.
We’ve also created a free, downloadable KS2 toolkit with activities and resources for teachers and parents.