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Challenge Designing Cost-Effective Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Designing Cost-Effective Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

STATUS: Awarded
Posted: Mar 28 2019
Challenge ID: 9934146
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Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to developing innovative products and digital solutions in sectors in which energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries, and electric mobility. Enel X is interested in technical designs of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are easily accessible with minimal visual and physical impact within an urban environment.

This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation including electrical and mechanical design of the solution.


Electric cars are rising in popularity as consumers look for more sustainable ways to travel. With electric vehicles, the total driving distance is limited by battery capacity. For people who don’t have a driveway at home or a charging station at work, the logistics of owning and operating an electric vehicle (EV) becomes more complicated. Readily available public charging stations would increase the demand for EVs, but cities have been slow to install them due in part to the cost as well as limited curbside space. Therefore, Enel X is looking for innovative solutions to deploy a large number of EV charging stations that is economical, technically feasible, and aesthetically pleasing.

This Challenge provides contribution to the following SDGs:

•     SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

•     SDG 9: Invest in infrastructures that promote sustainability.

•     SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

•     SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation including electrical and mechanical design of the solution.

The submission to the Challenge should include the following:

  1. An explanation of the proposed solution addressing specific Solution Requirements along with a  well-supported rationale and pertinent data
  2. Schematics that illustrate important aspects of the design
  3. A cost assessment, prototyping timeline, and implementation strategy

Upon Acceptance of a Proposed Solution by the Seeker and payment of the Award, the exclusive IP rights of the winning Solution will be transferred to the Seeker. The Solver resulting as the winner of the Challenge guarantees his availability to provide further assistance to the Seeker for the subsequent realization by the Seeker of the prototype based on the winning Solution.

The total prize pool budget is $30,000. The minimum full award amount is $15,000 for solutions that meet all of the stated solution criteria. Furthermore, partial awards may be considered for solutions that meet some, but not all, of the criteria.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on May 17, 2019. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions.


Enel X is a global company with strong roots in the energy sector and an open strategy geared towards digitalisation, sustainability and innovation. Enel X uses smart, simple and fast technologies to help our customers discover a new way of using energy, all over the world.

Enel X covers a global field of action.

In order to provide the new solutions requested by customers and to be ready for the future, Enel X has structured its business line into four Global Product Lines:

  • e-Industries, offering solutions aimed at large-scale customers, with a particular focus on the flexible services (consulting, technologies linked to energy efficency, distributed generation and the creation of off-grid and Demand Response solutions);
  • e-Mobility, covering every type of customer, with the aim of becoming the technological leader in the sector and promoting increasingly widespread and efficient electrical mobility with charging infrastructures, Vehicle-to-Grid (v2G) and second-battery life services;
  • e-Home, dedicated to residential customers, with services like installation and maintenance of advanced technological solutions for the home; for smarter homes, capable of saving more and more energy and offering greater wellbeing;
  • e-City, offering public administrations and municipalities integrated services and connectivity solutions, like the wholesale offer of fibre optic services.

Alongside the four Global Product Lines, Enel X has also created the “Innovation & Product Lab,” which conceives, develops and tests new products and services. This is often with the help of customers.

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