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Design competition launches to reimagine EV charging stations

An architectural design competition offers $40K in cash prizes for boundary-breaking concepts for electric vehicle charging environments.

A Canadian-based 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.

New ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles have been unveiled in the Danish city of Fre-dericia. The stations are designed by Danish architects Cobe and offer to recharge the batteries of both vehicles and drivers.

This design competition, called The Electric Fuelling Station of the Future, was launched by Electric Autonomy Canada. It calls on designers and architects to submit plans 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. The jury is 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 of $25,000 (first prize); $10,000 (second prize); and $5,000 (third prize).

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

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