Kids' Competition: Build a Car of the Future

Following the fantastic entries we received for our previous kids colouring, grass head growing and wind turbine modelling competitions, we've come up with another family-friendly idea to to keep the kids occupied during the school summer holidays; build a car of the future! 

National Grid ESO's most recent Future Energy Scenarios report has been published, setting out credible ways that the UK can achieve Net Zero by 2050 to reach global targets. One key takeaway from the report is the need for electrification in the transport sector; electric vehicles are the cars of the future and will play a vital role in the net zero transition, with an expected 37 million battery electric cars and vans on our roads by 2050.

In keeping with this topical conversation around the push to net zero, we thought we'd use this activity to educate the younger generation of today. Our judges are looking for the best 'car of the future' that demonstrates the best use of recycled materials!

Encourage your kids, friends and relatives aged 16 years or younger to build their own car of the future using recyclable household materials, showcasing their arts and crafts skills! We want everyone to get involved, so if you are unable to build your car, we would love to see some drawings too, and we can't wait to see your entries!

Would your kids or relatives like to enter our 'Car of the Future' Competition? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Encourage your kids/relatives aged 16 years or younger to draw or build their car using recyclable household materials! 
  2. Take a picture of them holding their masterpiece!
  3. Submit your photo to [email protected] or post it on Twitter or LinkedIn tagging #SmartestEnergy 


  • Submit your entry by 17:00 on Wednesday 31st August 2022 
  • Our judging panel, the marketing team, will select the winning entries when the competition closes and announce the winners via social media!

What’s the prize? 

  • We will award the winner a £100 Smyths toys voucher, followed by £50 for second place and £20 for third place.
  • As well as the vouchers, our top three will also be awarded a little extra net zero based prize, in a move to help educate the next generation.

Terms & Conditions of Entry: 

  • In submitting an entry, the entrant will grant SmartestEnergy the permission to use the photo provided for promotional purposes in relation to the competition.