New design competition to reimagine electric vehicle charging environments launches

A new, Canadian-founded architectural design competition is seeking inspiring concepts that will reimagine the traditional roadside fuelling station, while serving as a blueprint for next level electric vehicle (EV) charging environments.

E.ON Ultra-Fast Charging Centre. Design guideline, first implementation by GRAFT for E.ON.

This design competition, The Electric Fuelling Station of the Future launched by Electric Autonomy Canada, is calling on designers and architects to submit a winning plan for an entirely new roadside oasis for electric vehicles.

“With the advancement in government policies and automakers switching their production away from gasoline engines, it’s now certain that our future passenger vehicles will be electric. By encouraging the international architectural community, design thinkers and other innovators to think anew about what EV driving will mean for our future, the goal is that drivers will be able to better understand the benefits of shifting transportation habits and infrastructure to electrification – and get excited about adopting an EV lifestyle,” says Nino Di Cara, Electric Autonomy Canada Founder.

Entries will be reviewed by industry heavyweights including: Claire Weisz from WXY, Bruce Kuwabara from KPMB Architects, and Peter Vikar from Local Projects (among others).

Here’s what the jury is looking for in a winning concept:

  • INNOVATIVE CONCEPT: Competition Judges are looking for an innovative approach to the program brief that curates a new experience for EV drivers and their passengers, reinventing the traditional roadway pitstop, and transforming the dwell time into a positive experience.
  • DESIGN: Guests should be treated to a novel, visually pleasing experience at every turn.
  • SUSTAINABILITY: Proposed concepts should prioritize sustainable materials and building techniques. We are looking for a positive energy strategy that reduces carbon and is implementable today.
  • FEASIBILITY: Design concepts should be feasible, taking into account weather, should there be interest in commissioning a project. No levitating car parks please!

 The top three designs will be awarded with cash prizes: First prize: $25,000; Second prize: $10,000; and Third prize: $5,000.

Submissions open August 30, 2021 and the deadline to submit an EV charging station design is November 15, 2021 on https://designawards.electricautonomy.ca/ 

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