Ultra-Fast Charging Stations for Electric Cars

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From gas station
to recharge station

Year: First pilot station completed in 2019 as part of an upcoming network of 48 ultra-fast, sustainable charging stations along Scandinavian highways

Client: Powered by. E.ON Drive & Clever

Program: Charging stations for electric vehicles

Size: Modular concept which can be tailored to requirements

The impact of electrified mobility will completely change how our cities look, feel and organize themselves in the future. According to WHO, 91% of the world’s population live in areas, where the level of toxins in the air exceeds recommended limits, and CO₂ emissions are out of control. This has led to a fundamental shift towards electrified mobility in smog-plagued countries like China and Brazil. While the carbon emission per kWh in Denmark had been reduced to 200 g per kWh by 2019 as a result of an increasing use of renewable energy sources, the introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) on a mass scale will have a large impact, reducing the carbon footprint of each car to only 20% of that of a car driving on fossil fuels. Cobe’s design for ultra-fast charging stations is based on a complete rethinking of the “mobility experience” driving an EV. The charging station should not only minimize the charging time but also create a meaningful break for the driver and passenger and inspire both the driver and other road users to change their habits. The station is designed with a modular approach that is scalable to match a rapid global shift in mobility patterns.

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A traditional gas station is rough and dirty.

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The new Ultra-Fast Charging Stations for Electric Cars are tactile and clean.

In a Danish context, electrified mobility is considered close to 100% clean. In 2020, an estimated 80% of the energy production in Denmark will be based on renewable sources with 50% from wind alone. Today, CO₂ emission is 200g per kWh, while an average EV travels seven km per kWh.

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From gas station to recharge station.

Ford revolutionized the market for privatized mobility in 1903 with the Model A assembly line. Today, car companies are undergoing a similarly dramatic transition to become mobility providers based on electrified alternatives to meet the growing awareness of and demand for sustainable alternatives. In Norway, more than 15% of all registered cars and 60% of all new ones are pure EVs or plug-in hybrid models. When this trend expands globally, our cities and infrastructural landscapes will change completely.

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The ultra-fast charging stations in Fredericia and Knudshoved are the first charging stations of its kind. Over the next years an additional 46 charging stations will be built across Europe.

Electric vehicles are the way of the future. With our design we offer EV drivers a welcome break and an opportunity to recharge mentally in a green oasis. The energy and the technology are green, so we wanted the architecture, the materials and the concept to reflect that. Hence, we designed a charging station in sustainable materials placed in a clean, calm setting with trees and plants that offer people a dose of mindfulness on the highway.

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The charging stations are an oasis far away from the noise and pollution of the traditional fossil fuel-based gas stations. The light wooden canopy modules in combination with small areas of urban nature offer break from the surrounding busy infrastructural landscapes and a chance to recharge one’s mental batteries as well.

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Cobe developed an ultra-fast charging station modular kit including structural components as well as surface and landscape elements scalable for different contexts and conditions. The canopy is constructed for future disassembly to enable reuse and upcycling of materials as needed.

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The modules are designed and produced in a way that makes for easy assembly or disassembly on-site.

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Traditionally, the gas station has been dominated by hardscape asphalt surfaces. The clean charging technology offers an unprecedented potential for a much cleaner environment as there are no toxic fumes or oil leaking onto the paving.

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The modular approach means that the design is scalable, and that one ‘tree’ can easily be multiplied to become a ‘forest’, depending on the required capacity.

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Ultra-fast charging station in Fredericia, Denmark

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Ultra-fast charging station in Knudshoved, Denmark

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Ultra-fast charging station in Aarhus, Denmark


Ultra-fast charging station in Copenhagen, Denmark

The future of electrified mobility has the potential of offering a much greener and stress-free “refueling experience” by bringing local trees and plants to the center of the station, thus supporting biodiversity and making each station unique.

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Plant and tree species have been carefully selected by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation to ensure the best conditions for local biodiversity and resilience.

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The Ultra-Fast Charging Station is covered by a wooden canopy. Wood stores carbon. To produce 1 kg of wood, a tree consumes 1.47 kg of CO₂ and releases just over 1 kilogram of O₂ into the atmosphere.

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All wood used for the Ultra-Fast Charging Stations is FSC-certified or PEFC-certified. This means that it comes from forests, where the foresters never fell more trees than the forest can reproduce.

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Timber is in its own right a performative building material that absorbs and stores CO2 as it grows. Today, wood processing, including milling, prefabrication and assembly, is among the most technologically advanced processes in the industry.

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The green roof of the canopy is prepared for heavy cloudbursts, as it is designed to retain water and fitted with downspouts that lead the water to natural green seepage areas.

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The charging station provides a meaningful and much needed break for the driver. A space to recharge your car in just 15 minutes as well as your own mental and physical batteries.

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Location: Fredericia, Knudshoved, Aarhus and Copenhagen, Denmark

Client: Powered by. E.ON Drive & Clever

Program: Charging stations for electric vehicles

Size: Modular concept which can be tailored to requirements

Year: First pilot station completed in 2019 as part of an upcoming network of 48 ultra-fast, sustainable charging stations along Scandinavian highways

Collaborators: Arup, AB Clausen

Awards: Building Awards 2018 – The Infrastructure Award, ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2020, EU Mies van der Rohe Award 2022 Nominee, Auto Awards 2021 - News of the Year

Team: Alberte Danvig, Alexander Ejsing, Charlie Landefeld, Connor Forecast, Dan Stubbergaard, Dorte Buchardt Westergaard, Doug Smith, Eik Bjerregaard, Francisco Tirado, Hugo Lebrunet, Isabella Sjolte Nissen, Jacob Lantow, Lars Harup, Kelly Skaggs, Liv Moodie, Mads Lützen, Maria Aufegger, Mathys Przespolewski, Peter Laust Røhr Hønnicke, Rasmus Lassen, Sanna Funck, Sofie Naver, Stefan Mylleager, Stine Bærentzen, Sune Mogensen, Ulrich Pohl

Photographer: Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

Image Credits: Please note that we have used a small number of images for which the copyright holders could not be identified. In these cases it has been our assumption that such images belong to the public domain. If you claim ownership of any of the images presented and have not been properly identified, please notify Cobe and we will make a formal acknowledgement.