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.