Ecotap EVY is the next generation of home charging stations for electric vehicles. Our team of 6 design engineers developed this project over the course of 5 months from ideation to a full scale prototype. In this project, we mainly focused on technical feasibility, user validation, prototyping and manufacturing.
The project was created in cooperation with Ecotap company, the Netherlands.
Iconic exterior design, effortless user interface, comfortable plug use, together with an effective cooling system contribute to a final design that is both desirable and functional.
We have put a lot of care into making the charger as accessible and informative as possible. The UI panel provides clear visual and auditory feedback, making the everyday charging routine a seamless experience for the user. Customly designed sounds contribute provide intuitive signals that make the usage of the charger a multisensory experience.
We have developed the plug dock with a goal of a comfortable everyday use for the owner. For this, we focused on ergonomics, the perception of quality, and the manufacturing processes that ensure feasibility of the system.
As the converter in the charger generates a significant amount of heat, a silent and effective cooling system is key for the charger’s good performance.
We have optimized the charger’s internal airflow for more effective and silent cooling, using the performance of Ecotap DC15 charger as a benchmark.
We have developed the charger’s casing with a purpose of - apart from embodying and protecting the internal components - having a modern, unified and inviting appearance that fits well into the aesthetic of electric vehicles available on the market.
Additionally, we have developed a plan for manufacturing, which included a choice of material (stainless steel) and manufacturing processes (rubber pressing+welding), to make the casing more feasible for mass production.
Mikolaj Nicer, Tijmen Amory, Vitto Bonnemayers, Ruben Schols, Stijn van 't Veer, Maciej Zawierucha 2019