While researching pain points of EV driving and factors that sway people away from purchasing an EV car, we came across the statistic that U.S. consumption of electricity, driven in part by battery-powered vehicles, will triple by 2045 (Elon Musk from a Wall Street Journal article in July 2023). We learned that traditional EV charging uses non-renewable grid energy, meaning an EV boom in the near future could put a major strain on the U.S. power grid.
What it does
The SolarSync app allows users to find convenient, reliable, and available EV charging stations, connect with a trusted network of verified EV chargers, and embrace solar-powered electricity use. We emphasized creating a user-friendly and intuitive platform that serves as a one-stop shop for EV drivers who are conscious of their carbon footprint.
How we built it
We built our app with NextJs, Typescript, Firebase, Google Map API, and Chargetrip API. Our frontend developer, Alisa, goes into further detail in our demo video.
Challenges we ran into
A main aspect of our app is the route planning and locator feature, which requires the integration of a Google Map. However, due to the time constraint, we were unable to do that in the back-end.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Creating an app is no easy feat! Each of us have very different skillsets, from Figma to digital marketing to UI/UX development, and we each delivered our sections with excitement to each meeting, despite being in different time zones and working on the app development at different hours.
What we learned
We learned that time management skills are crucial, and there is no such thing as a stupid question.
What's next for Solar Sync
With our app's core features developed, our next steps are looking into the long-term, especially for profitability and scalability. We have created a few marketing campaign ideas to generate excitement and awareness of the app, which have been highlighted in our SolarSync slide deck, as well as strategies to generate revenue, the primary way being a charged small fee for loaning out home chargers, which is accounted for when the user sets their price when setting up their charger in the app during onboarding.