A series of sustainable charging stations for electric vehicles in Scandinavia have been designed in line with creating a relaxing green space for drivers to recharge mentally and physically.
The stations are constructed in certified wood and surrounded by trees, grass and shrubs with the aim of enhancing biodiversity around the station.
Danish architecture studio COBE’s charging stations – the first of which has opened in the Danish city of Fredericia – are wooden tree-like structures with “branches” that reach out to form a canopy. The canopy is topped with solar panels that contribute to the station’s power, allowing it to act as a “green rethink of the conventional petrol station”. All building components can be disassembled and reused.
Powered by E.ON Drive and Clever, the station not only promises to recharge a vehicle in just 15 minutes but also offer drivers and passengers a chance to recharge their own mental batteries while the car is being powered up.
Real greenery – trees, grasses and other plants – is also planted throughout the station, in an attempt to create a more pleasant environment for drivers to wait in. All greenery has been selected in cooperation with the Danish Society for Nature Conservation to improve biodiversity. There’s even a swing that customers can use to have fun while admiring nature.
Dan Stubbergaard, COBE’s founder, said: “We want to offer drivers a much-needed and meaningful break in a green oasis.
“The energy and the technology are green, and we want the architecture, the materials, and the concept to be green as well. Therefore, we’ve designed a sculptural charging station which can either stand alone or be incorporated with other facilities.”
The Fredericia-based EV charging station is the first of a network of 48 that will open up along Scandinavian highways in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com