And recharge yourself in the café next door.
Just yesterday we showed Sami’s proposal for charging infrastructure for electric cars: a plug on a stick. Today we show the antithesis, the K:Port EV charging hub designed by Hewitt Studios with Charge Point Services.
Like Sami’s proposal, it is also built out of wood, only in this case it is a beautiful tree-like structure made from glue laminated timber (Glulam), offering “attractive, safe and sustainable EV charging with integrated cafe / education space.”
It incorporates the latest generation rapid chargers (capable of charging an EV in 20-40 minutes) along with associated photovoltaic power generation and battery power storage, water harvesting and sustainable drainage, integrated low-power services and lighting, elements of landscape and planting, and a future-proof laminated timber structure.
It is built on top of our favourite footing, the helical pile, that can be screwed into the ground and screwed out just as easily when it is time to relocate the structure.
Our sustainable design derives from the Japanese notion of Komorebi, the dappled light which occurs when sunlight shines through the leaves of a tree. The essence of the tree is apparent throughout the design, from the form of the canopy itself and the timbers which make up its structure, to the collection and use of rainwater and sunlight – this is photosynthetic architecture!
According to the Hewitt Studio website, they will be delivering the first K:Port hubs to three sites in Bristol and two in the North East, with other nation-wide locations to follow. It is an intriguing idea, mixing a café with a charging station.
It made me think of the drive-in restaurants of the fifties and sixties that were essentially put out of business by McDonalds (if you believe the story told in The Founder). People wanted consistency and speed and didn’t want a bunch of teenagers hanging around, but now, people have 20 to 40 minutes to kill while their car charges up.
There might be a real business opportunity here to bring back the drive-in restaurant; just plug in your car and order your dinner, combining a fast charge with slow food.
It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Charge it”.