Senior Design Projects

ECS193 A/B Winter & Spring 2020

EV Explorer 2.0

Name Angela Sanguinetti
Affiliation UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center

Project's details

Project title EV Explorer 2.0
Background Strategies to promote plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption include
consumer education about potential energy/fuel and maintenance cost savings compared to conventional gas vehicles. However, the complexity of comparing gasoline and electricity prices makes it difficult to quantify potential savings, and the complexities of balancing fuel and maintenance savings with the higher purchase price of electric vehicles further compounds the issue. Online vehicle energy cost calculators help consumers navigate this complexity, and research shows they can increase consumer knowledge and positive attitudes about PEVs. The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center developed one of these vehicle cost calculators, called EV Explorer (
Description We are currently wrapping up a research project for which we conducted usability testing with EV Explorer and two other online vehicle cost calculators. Based on this testing, we designed a new version of EV Explorer. The proposed project is to implement the new design, which will include heavy front-end and back-end web development work. There will also be support from 3 other CS students in our lab and a staff level programmer available to help advise the students.
Deliverable The deliverable will be EV Explorer 2.0 implemented and live.
Skill set desirable High level summary: A diversity of skills across the team is required to cover front and back end work. At least one team member should be experienced and/or highly interested in working with databases/APIs, and at least one team member should be experienced AND highly interested in frontend development.

Required Skills:
At least one team member: JavaScript frontend framework

Preferred Skills:
Google Maps Javascript API
Unit Testing
Phone number 2092779782
Client time availability 30-60 min weekly or more
IP requirement Open source project
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