Ultra Fast Charging Stations by COBE, Fredericia Building, Electric Vehicles Denmark
Ultra Fast Charging Stations by COBE
Danish Electric Vehicles Building Project in Fredericia – design by COBE, Architects, Denmark
19 Jan 2018
Ultra Fast Charging Stations by COBE
Location: Fredericia, Jutland, western Denmark
New charging stations for electric vehicles in Denmark
19th January 2018 – In cooperation with the Danish company CLEVER, which supplies charging solutions for electric vehicles, Danish architects COBE is presenting its design for a modular system of ultra-fast charging stations.
The first of the new charging stations opens in Fredericia, Denmark, in summer 2018. The idea is to let drivers take a meaningful break during their journey.
In future, electricity will replace petrol and diesel as the fuel for our cars. However, while it takes approx. five minutes to fill up your car with petrol, charging an electric vehicle today is a more time-consuming exercise which can easily take 45 minutes. People today lead busy lives, and every minute counts. Therefore, the charging station of the future should not only minimize the charging time, but also create a meaningful break for the driver.
COBE’s design is based on a green rethink of the conventional petrol station. The new ultra-fast charging stations will not just be places where you efficiently can charge your car, but where you can also recharge your own batteries.
“Electric vehicles are the future. In our design, we want to offer drivers a much-needed and meaningful break in a green oasis. The energy and the technology are green, and we want the architecture, the materials and the concept to be green as well. Therefore, we’ve designed a sculptural charging station which can either stand alone or be incorporated with other facilities,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Creative Director and Founder of COBE.
The charging stations thus take the form of a series of structural ‘trees’, with ‘crowns’ that filter light and shade to create a green environment with a calming atmosphere. The modular approach means that the design is scalable, and that one ‘tree’ can easily be multiplied to become a ‘forest’ depending on the required capacity. The ‘trees’ are made from wood and concrete with solar cells on top, with real trees, grass and low shrubs planted within and around the charging station.
First charging station opens in Fredericia, Denmark this year The first of a string of ultra-fast charging stations is opening in Fredericia, Denmark, next to the E45 motorway in summer 2018. In a relaxed and natural environment, the first ultra-fast charging station will allow four electric vehicles to recharge at the same time. The charging station in Fredericia will comprise 12 ‘trees’ and a 400-square-metre ‘crown’, with a combination of open and closed roof panels. The aim is for the new charging station in Fredericia to be an evocative and Zen-like experience.
“Time is precious, and we want to ensure that the time that people spend at our charging stations is a meaningful break for them. With the new stations, we are creating a space where, in addition to charging your car, you will also be able to recharge your own mental and physical batteries. In the 20 minutes that it usually takes to charge a car, you will be able to relax and have some fresh air, enjoy a cup of coffee, make phone calls or use some of the digital options available,” says Marie Kristine Schmidt, CXO at CLEVER.
Over the next couple of years, a total of eight charging stations will be built in Denmark, and a further 40 in Sweden and Norway. And breaks in the stylised forest will become even shorter once the stations are upgraded from 150 to 350 kW.
Ultra Fast Charging Stations by COBE – Building Information
Location: Fredericia, Denmark
Programme: Charging stations for electric vehicles
Size: Modular concept which can be tailored to requirements
Status: First charging station opens in Fredericia in mid-2018
CLEVER was founded in 2009, and is today owned by the energy groups SEAS-NVE and NRGi. Since it was established, CLEVER has paved the way for tomorrow’s sustainable mobility, and connected northern European cities by establishing a coherent ultra-fast charging network in Denmark, Sweden and northern Germany. CLEVER is known for its partnerships in the automotive industry and the development of innovative, customer-focused charging solutions, such as CLEVER Unlimited. Its customer-oriented approach to products is reflected not only in the development of new and groundbreaking products, but also in its choice of high-quality charging sites and stations which are easy to use. CLEVER’s entire focus is on electric vehicles with the vision of accelerating tomorrow’s sustainable mobility – and of inspiring everyone to switch to electric. www.clever.dk
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