Foster + Partners has teamed up with car manufacturer Nissan to work on designs for the ‘fuel station of the future’
The news comes as the Japanese automobile manufacturer announced it was pumping £100 million into its plant in Sunderland, where it makes, among other things, the electric Leaf models.
The project is set to examine how fueling stations will adapt as the market shifts towards alternative energy sources, including electric power.
The concept will also link to developments such as self-driving cars, electric motors, smart cities and the Internet of Things, the companies said in a statement.
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.’
Nissan will collaborate closely with Foster + Partners over the coming months to present a vision for the ‘fuel station of the future’ later this year.
Jean-Pierre Diernaz, director of electric vehicles at Nissan, said: ‘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.’