What better ways to spend your summer than to participate in a crash course EV 101 program? Yes, a group of students from Belilios Public School in Hong Kong did just that, and got a taste in learning about different electric vehicles, their charging, acceleration and the overall benefits of using EVs on the roads today.
The event was co-organised by Belilios Public School, Charged Hong Kong and EV Club Hong Kong. It was held at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal parking garage, where incidentally the very first Tesla SuperCharger was installed in Hong Kong.
Dozens of volunteering members from Charged Hong Kong and EV Club Hong Kong drove their EVs to the event on a weekday afternoon to show off their EV to a group of 69 students. While Hotel ICON, a local teaching and environment friendly hotel, also participated in the event by bringing their brand new electric shuttle bus for the students to experience all electric public transportation.
Locky Law a Tesla Owners Group Representative from Charged Hong Kong and the leading organizer of this meaningful event said "This EV summer program is probably the first and largest educational event for schools in Asia, not just teaching students but also allowing them to experience the benefits of electric vehicles."
More than a dozen EVs on display at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Parking Garage under a CO2 free roof.
Students were each given a worksheet design and made by the volunteers with task they need to complete at 5 different stations that are setup for them to attend.
Station 1 -- (depending on the weather) EV Acceleration & Torque: students can witness acceleration of EVs through a fixed distance and perform a timed experiment, i.e. calculate final velocity, acceleration of each run using smartphone stopwatch to find time.
ChargedHK and EV Club HK members drove to the event, volunteering to teach about EV technology to Belilios School students
Station 2 – Hotel ICON eBuses photo-competition: hop on the Hotel ICON eBuses, take photos and share them on your own Facebook page with a tag @hoteliconhk. The student with the most “likes” wins a prize. Souvenirs will be given to participants. Selected photos will be posted on Hotel ICON’s Facebook page!
Students takes a ride on Hotel ICON's brand new e-shuttle bus
Station 3 -- EV Touch & Feel: A chance to get inside of EVs, learn how to operate the car (the car will remain stationary throughout, i.e. no test rides), eg. using the 17" screen, frunk, trunk, etc.
Students were split into groups to look at EVs and the functions inside the vehicle.
Station 4 -- EV VS ICE Driving Mechanism & Design: learn the key differences between an electric vehicle and an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine vehicle). For example: regenerative braking, energy efficiency, centre of mass, safety designs, Autopilot capability, development towards semi-/full-autonomous driving, eco-friendliness of EV.
Station 5 -- Supercharging: discussion on Supercharger (SC) technology in terms of battery design, battery cooling, sustainable energy consumption & production; EV Charging Standards: talk about difference between AC, DC and various charging standards and speed. For example: 13A socket charging and CHAdeMO charging, calculate time needed to charge, and learn about car park charging etiquette.
Students learned about different charger type and standard next to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal SuperCharger station
Each station had a theme design for students to learn about topics related to physics, photography, design, autopilot, battery technology, etc., while showcasing the most advanced EVs in the world under one roof.
We do look forward in seeing more of these fun and educational EV events. Educating the young is an useful channel for their generation, but to also influence their parents on the benefits of driving an electric vehicle, and hopefully to make a switch if they have not already.
Group Photo of Belilios School Students After Completing the Event (Charged EVs/Locky)