Nissan releases teaser video of ‘Fuel Station of the Future’ concept

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 11, 2015

Nissan, which leads the electric vehicle manufacturing industry, has joined hands with innovative architect firm Foster + Partners and has provided the world the first glimpse of its visionary concept about the Fuel Station of the Future.

These architects are famous for projects like the Gherkin of London and for their outstanding urban plans like the Masdar City and brand headquarters of the likes of Apple Campus in California. The teaser is in the form of a 20-second video that speaks about the final idea of the project, due in March 2016.

The Head of Design, Foster + Partners, David Nelson commented that it is a futuristic concept keeping in mind the next ten years development of technology in the world. We can expect a peak in artificial intelligence as well as automated cars and enhanced connectivity.

The group said that as responsible architects, they aim to inspire and respect these changes. In an effort to develop high grade cities, the technologies should be integrated with developing changes so that a seamless experience can be achieved by urban dwellers.

A month back, Nissan also declared the development of a 7kW wireless charging device that is capable of charging overnight a larger battery pack (say the 500 km, 60kW pack) and is under the process of development at Nissan’s R&D headquarters in Atsugi, Japan.

Nissan has been committed to zero percent emission in its developments since 2010, and through this project, the company wishes to inspire people to join hands for this mission, as told by Richard Candler, General Manager, Advanced Product Strategy.

As the world changes at an enormous speed, more and more cities are getting connected and this makes fueling capacity all the more relevant in our day-to-day schedules. Soon, it could very well be a thing of past to be still relying on independent infrastructure.

In the recently concluded COP21, the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change held in Paris last week, Nissan also announced an innovative Vehicle to Grid system and enhanced strategies to improve second-life battery uses so that drivers could store, use or give back electricity to the grid, thus operating as individual ‘energy hubs’.

Leaders in architectural practices, the innovative world-famous firm Foster + Partners are presided by Founder and Chairman Norman Foster along with a Partnership Board. Founded in 1967 in London, it has a huge office campus there but it has since fanned into a global network of studios.

The firm has, over a period of fifty years, mastered a sustainable approach in architecture combined with ecology. This is depicted in their variety of works completed like public infrastructure, urban master plans, civic and cultural buildings, airports, private workplaces and product design.

Its international portfolio includes Beijing’s world’s largest airport, New York Headquarters of Hearst, Swiss Re’s Headquarters in London, Millau Viaduct in France, London British Museum’s Great Court, HSBC Headquarters in Hongkong and London and Frankfurt Headquarters of Commerzbank.

The architectural practice has bagged more than 680 excellence awards and has won around 120 competitions both at the national and international level.

Press Release

FUEL STATION OF THE FUTURE

Today, leading electric vehicle manufacturer, Nissan has given us the first glimpse of its vision for the Fuel Station of the Future concept in association with innovative architects Foster + Partners; the practice behind the Gherkin in London, sustainable urban master-plans including Masdar City and brand headquarters – such as the Apple Campus in California.

The teaser – a 20-second video – previews the final concept which will be unveiled in March next year.

David Nelson, Head of Design, Foster + Partners: “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.”

“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.”

The teaser, which features the best-selling 100% electric Nissan LEAF, can be viewed here https://youtu.be/L27CYA2Tvl8. 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.

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.”

This was followed by the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris this week, where Nissan introduced the development of an innovative Vehicle to Grid system and advances in second-life battery uses that will allow drivers to operate as individual ‘energy hubs’ with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid.

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