Winner Of Futuristic Charge Point Competition In Canada Revealed

A competition that predicts the future of Canada’s highway EV charging future has found its winners. The concepts shown are incredibly futuristic and could be considered spoilers for what’s to come.

Electric charging station
How likely are these designs going to be to what we see in the real world? © Credit to Electric Autonomy Canada

The winning entries to a competition surrounding the future of electric charging in Canada was recently revealed. A competition that was presented by Electric Autonomy Canada in partnership with Parkland Corp.

Applicants were asked the following question when bringing their own charge station concepts to life:

“How can we reimagine the highway gas station of today as a new Canadian roadside oasis for electric vehicles?”

The result was a collection of concepts ripped straight from a not-so-distant future.

Circular electric charging station concept Second place goes to “The Circle” © Credit to Electric Autonomy Canada

A 10-person panel reviewed every entry, narrowing it down to a select pot before deciding that James Silvester (an architect working out of Edinburgh, Scotland) was the worthy winner with his ‘More with Less’ design.

“I wanted to understand what this could be today. Not fireworks and glitz and glam but something that’s of its time”
— James Silvester, Lead Architect, JAS Group

Silvester is followed by second prize winner Fabric.a Architects from Istanbul, Turkey (“The Circle”) and third prize winner Pavel Babiienko from Berlin, Germany (“Plug and Play”).

What’s unique about the winning design is the social aspect that the other concepts either lacked or went way too far with.

Drivers can spend up to 20 to 30 minutes charging their vehicles if not longer depending on the unit used and the EV in question, still, less is often more.

Plug and Play charging station concept Third place goes to “Plug and Play” © Credit to Electric Autonomy Canada

Silvester’s design, outside of having a very inviting shape and overall appeal, feels like everything under the same roof, with pool tables and exercise bikes located within the centre.

He continues: “My proposal for the future charging station is an environment that relaxes, slows and centres the soul. The result is not simply a process on the journey — but a space meant to be enjoyed.”

Outside of pocketing the first place $25,000 purse, Electric Autonomy Canada also confirmed that Parkland, a notable service station operator in Canada, plans to build the winning design for real.

You can see the video render of the design in the video embedded below:

Do you believe that the right design won? If not, let us know which design you’d have picked instead. Leave a comment down below.

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