Day at Work: Electric Vehicle Technician

Day at Work: Electric Vehicle Technician


the question of what should one do with their life is like the biggest one there is what is it that actually makes you happy and they found it’s dedicating yourself to a cause that’s bigger than yourself my name is ben grandi I work for city car share I’m the electric vehicle technician I manage the electric vehicles the plug-in vehicles and the electric bike program so we have about 50 plug-in electric and fully electric cars the way that our system works you go up to the car and you have this key fob that technology runs off the 12-volt battery it’s in the car so part of what I do just in terms of monitoring the cars is constantly pinging the cars and going okay or the battery’s fresh what needs to be jumped this is a solar charge controller so we’re experimenting putting solar panels on them when I was studying landscape architecture and had this realization that no matter how well you design a site it’s ultimately constrained by transportation we’ve just passed the 50% mark of people that are living in cities it’s just gonna continue to expand these strains on carbon on resources on traffic congestion on pollution so we have to think about new ideas about how we make a transportation system work in that sort of context and shared vehicle use and electric bicycle use to me is kind of the holy grail of that growing up I took a lot of different courses in high school I took a lot of different courses in in college there’s a philosophy course I took it was called logic and reasoning it goes over just kind of how to think well logical fallacies before I studied Landscape Architecture I was an electrical engineer a lot of people see design and engineering is these diametrically opposed things right and I found that there’s kind of this war going on where like designers are all about aesthetics and engineers are all about the functional side of things to me there shouldn’t be that distinction I think communication and like psychology and just understanding like how to be received in the way that you intend is like a really important skill there’s this really good quote from da Vinci that I like he says art is never finished it’s only abandoned that’s kind of how engineering a design is right it’s never you never get to a point you’re like oh that’s perfect that’s done you just reach a higher threshold and then you start asking questions of okay now that we’ve gotten this far what’s the next step how can we improve this I think it’s good to kind of put that perfection on a pedestal that’s something that’s always out of reach that you’re always thinking about how can we improve this service or experience or good or whatever and it doesn’t let you ever kind of stagnate and say oh this is good enough kind of keeps you pushing you


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