Petrol station to be reinvented for post-fossil fuel era


Electric vehicle. Image courtesy Foster + PartnersCar giant Nissan and architect Foster + Partners are collaborating to reinvent the petrol station for the post-fossil fuel era. The fuel station of the future initiative aims to integrate and engage with local environments, harnessing the potential of battery storage and vehicle-to-grid systems. It promises to transform the humble fuel station into an “energy and societal hub for modern communities”.

Electric vehicle (EV) maker Nissan says the vision for the fuel station of the future will be presented later this year.

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.”

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.”

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