With the inevitable shift to electric car ownership, we looked at some current infrastructure issues and future opportunities to improve the world for the better.
- 4 scenarios imagined
- 180,000 EVs in UK 2018
- 1 million EVs estimated in UK by 2020
- 18000 charge points in UK in 2018
Jaguar’s I-PACE, the first electric vehicle manufactured by a UK car firm, offers a catalyst for change in the way we view electric car ownership, and how we deal with increasing number of redundant fossil fuel-based infrastructure.
We took four scenarios that will be affected by the continued rise in EV ownership. A motorway series, an inner-city car park, industrial ‘brown-field’ sites and the city as a whole. We reimagined Forton Services as an architectural intervention that could be completed today. The removal of the petrol/diesel forecourt brings the building to the foreground, improving offerings of retail and leisure the cars can be charged in the car park.
At a time when 50% of car’s fuel is expected to be delivered from a plug in someone’s home, Welbeck Street car park is reimagined as an inner-city charging silo, where city dwellers without access to a drive can charge their cars.
Stanley dock in Liverpool imagines a city where car have been banned from the centres, improving air quality and pedestrian experience, this also revitalises currently underused industrial sites which act as a ‘last-mile’ interchange for access to the city.
Finally, with the rise in electric powered transport, major city centres become more pleasant places to live as the air quality improves. Here we imagine London with drone transport and electric vehicles charged by new electricity generation infrastructure within the city.