An architect-designed fuel station has been hailed as the first step towards a network of infrastructure that meets the needs of electric cars.
Nissan and Foster & Partners have unveiled a design vision for a future fuel station where design is influenced by zero-emission technology and an increase in electric vehicles on the road.
Elements that are taken into account in the design include harnessing the potential of battery storage and vehicle-to-grid systems, where cars can deliver energy to power lines. The final version of the design will be unveiled later this year.
Foster & Partners head of design David Nelson said: “The aim of our collaboration with Nissan is to highlight the magnitude of the challenge that we face in evolving our cities to meet change. New technologies, alternative forms of fuel and changing trends within our society are all having a huge impact on the way we get around.
“It seems to be clear that electric vehicles will be a major feature of the urban landscape and, as a result, this presents an exciting opportunity to rethink the fuel station for future generations; a new approach to design will create a more integrated and communal role within our towns and cities.”
Nissan director of electric vehicles Jean-Pierre Diernaz added: “Our current refuelling infrastructure model is out-dated and faces an uncertain future unless it rapidly adapts to support the changing needs of consumers. By 2020, there will be almost one million EVs on the road, so it is imperative that there is an infrastructure in place to support this growth.
“This initiative will take the first steps along that road to examine the wider transportation landscape and reimagine the future of mobility, preparing our cities for a more sustainable future.”