Nissan has provided a glimpse of what a fuel station might look like when we’re all driving electric vehicles.
Nissan has some pretty big plans for the future. Together, with innovative architects Foster + Partners - those behind the Gherkin in London - they have given us the first glimpse of their vision for the Fuel Station of the Future concept.
Gone will be the days of standing in the cold whilst filling up your vehicle. It’ll be all about wireless induction, where batteries can charge without a physical cable connecting your vehicle's battery and the energy source. Sounds familiar? It’s much like the concept of wirelessly charging your mobile phone.
Last month, Nissan announced a 7kW wireless charging device that could easily accommodate overnight charging for a larger battery pack - like the 500 km, 60 kW pack that is currently in development at the company’s Research and Development headquarters in Atsugi, Japan.
David Nelson, Head of Design, Foster + Partners said: “As we look ahead at the next 10 years, autonomous cars, artificial intelligence and greater connectivity will come at great pace – and it is our job as architects to inspire and support that change.”
He continued: “Pre-empting those developments and integrating technologies to offer urbanites a totally seamless experience is vital, if we are to succeed in creating cities that serve us.”
It seems Nissan are also looking to eradicate the need for a charging points at home and build these wireless induction points into a city's infrastructure.
Richard Candler, General Manager, Advanced Product Strategy: “We’ve been at the forefront of zero emission mobility since 2010, and for us this project is about inspiring people to come on the journey with us.
“The world around us is changing, and we find that tremendously exciting. With the rise of connected cities, there is the capacity for fueling to be built into the very fabric of our day-to-day lives - independent infrastructure could be a thing of the past.”