Nissan and Foster + Partners announced today a groundbreaking project to design and develop the fuel station of the future.
The project meets the need for a sustainable and innovative refuelling network as the market shifts toward alternative sources like electric power.
The concept will be anchored at the heart of a world that is concerned with a zero-emissions society, connected communities, autonomous drive (self-driving cars) and the Internet of things. It will show the host of benefits brought by a smart EV (electric vehicle) ecosystem, and not just in terms of mobility, but in harnessing the potential of battery storage and vehicle-to-grid systems.
Both Nissan and Foster + Partners will present their vision for the fuel station of the future later this year.
New approach to design for a more and more communal city
David Nelson, Head of Design at Foster + Partners, 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. As the leaders in the electric vehicle market, Nissan has been critical in providing insight on how the motorists of the future will interact with the built environment.”
EVs quick spread, to play a central role in the new concept
Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles at Nissan, said: “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.”
Sales of Nissan EVs rose by 33% in 2014 and keep on increasing, driven by the need to improve urban air quality. Adoption of EVs is reaching a tipping point, and projections suggest that current growth trends will only accelerate their pace.
Nissan has pioneered bringing ZE technology to the commercial mass-market. In 2010, the introduction of the Nissan LEAF – the first mass-market, pure EV launched globally – revolutionised the motoring world. It remains the best-selling EV in history, commanding almost a 50% share of today’s zero-emission vehicle segment.
Image over the headline.- Nissan Leaf. © Nissan.