Electric vehicle with charger: new emoji?
Electrify America submitted a formal proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the governing body for emoji creation, to introduce the first-ever "electric vehicle with charger" emoji for smartphone keyboards. The submission announcement, and a corresponding petition on Change.org, came just ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17.
Despite the fact that increasing numbers of consumers are purchasing EVs, there is still a lack of awareness among drivers around how EVs operate and their benefits, including:
- Federal and state governments offer tax incentives to adopt zero-emission electric vehicles (U.S. federal credit is currently up to $1875 for Tesla models and as much as $7500 for other vehicle models).
- Many new EVs today can drive well over 200 mi (320 km) on a single charge, while some Tesla models deliver over 300 mi (480 km) of range, and more charging stations are being built to support the growing number of EVs coming to market.
- With responsive torque from standstill, EVs accelerate quickly, offering a fun, quiet, and comfortable ride.
"As EVs become more popular and charging station networks continue to expand, we felt it was time for an emoji that reflects the changing industry and future of transportation," said Rich Steinberg, Director Marketing, Communications, and Green City initiatives at Electrify America. "We hope an emoji, a symbol used in everyday digital communication, will help more people get used to the idea of driving an EV and become excited about the possibility of owning one someday."
To support the creation of the "electric vehicle with charger" emoji, consumers can comment on social media using #EVmoji or visit Change.org to sign the petition.