We live in a rapidly changing world, supported by rapidly changing technologies. It takes time to develop social norms around the use of new technology; the use of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station is one example. Until becoming accustomed to new electric fuel, new EV drivers risked feeling “range anxiety” and a need to charge every time they parked. This leads to unnecessary use of public charging stations, aggravated drivers, and sometimes even physical altercations. If we stop to think about it, drivers of fuel vehicles don’t hit the gas station at every destination, or whenever the tank is half full. To help educate people on EV etiquette including when to charge, the BCIT Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team (SMART) teamed up with three BCIT Digital Design and Development students to design and produce three short animated videos to help illustrate the proper way of good etiquette when charging an electric vehicle. SMART works on research, development, and communication initiatives aimed at innovative solutions for reducing barriers to EV adoption. “These videos have been developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever we need to be kind to one another,” says Joey Dabell , SMART Project Leader. […]

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