Ultra-Fast Charging Stations for Electric Cars by COBE

Offer to recharge the batteries of both vehicles and drivers

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在与Powered by E.ON Drive & Clever的合作下,COBE事务所在斯堪的纳维亚设计了全新的电动汽车超快速充电站。这些充电站不仅可以在15分钟内迅速为车辆充电,还为驾驶者和乘客带来了温馨舒适的休息空间,让他们在等待时顺便也为自己的精神“充电”。


In cooperation with Powered by E.ON Drive & Clever, COBE has designed a new type of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Scandinavia. The stations not only promise to recharge a vehicle in just 15 minutes but also offer drivers and passengers a welcome break and the chance to recharge their own mental batteries while the car is being powered up.

The new charging station is centrally located on the E20 motorway in the Danish city of Fredericia. The first of its kind, it is part of an upcoming network of 48 ultra-fast EV charging stations along Scandinavian highways.

▼位于腓特烈西亚的第一座充电站,the first charging station in Fredericia ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST


In the future, electricity will replace fossil fuels in our vehicles. However, while it currently takes around five minutes to fill up the gas tank, recharging an EV is a much more time-consuming process. In our busy everyday lives, every minute counts. Thus, future charging stations should not only optimize the car’s charging time but also offer a meaningful mental break for people to rejuvenate themselves while on the move.

▼鸟瞰,aerial view ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST


高速公路上的心灵绿洲 | A mental break in a green oasis 

COBE事务所凭借创新性的设计,对传统加油站进行了环保层面的反思。“电动汽车是未来的发展方向,我们希望为电动车的驾驶者提供一个能同时为汽车和精神充电的绿洲。绿色的能源和技术将同时体现在建筑、材料和设计概念上:充电站的结构采用可持续材料制成,并且坐落在一个清洁、安静且充满绿植的环境中,为人们提供了在高速路上舒缓心神的机会。” COBE事务所创始人及建筑师Dan Stubbergaard表示。


▼西立面图,west facade ©COBE

▼地面层平面图,ground floor plan ©COBE

COBE’s design, which won the infrastructure award of the 2018 Danish Building Awards for its ground- breaking architecture, revolves around a green rethink of the traditional gas station. “Electric vehicles are the way of the future. With our design we offer EV drivers a time-out and an opportunity to mentally recharge in a green oasis. The energy and the technology are green, so we wanted the architecture, the materials and the concept to reflect that. So, we designed a charging station in sustainable materials placed in a clean, calm setting with trees and plantings that offer people a dose of mindfulness on the highway,” says Dan Stubbergaard, architect and founder of COBE.

The charging stations consist of a series of structural “trees”. They feature with canopies much like the crowns of trees that filters and offers shade and protection from the elements while defining a green setting and a calming atmosphere. A wild contrast to a traditional gas station where lines of vehicles and the smells of gas fumes and car exhaust are the norm.

▼充电站由一系列结构性的“树”构成,the charging stations consist of a series of structural “trees” ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

▼清洁、安静且充满绿植的环境为人们提供了在高速路上舒缓心神的机会 ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST
the clean, calm setting with trees and plantings offers people a dose of mindfulness on the highway


可持续设计 | Sustainable design 



▼绿色屋顶,the planted roof ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

Thanks to a modular design concept the stations are scalable, so a single “tree” can easily become a entire “grove” depending on the need. The stations are constructed in certified wood and concrete, topped by solar panels and surrounded by actual trees, grass and other plantings selected in cooperation with the Danish Society for Nature Conservation with the aim of enhancing biodiversity around the station. All components of the construction can be broken down into usable and recyclable materials and the choice of wood as a building material further emphasizes the building’s sustainable design.

The first of the ultra-fast charging stations offers a relaxed experience in nature with a capacity of recharging four EVs simultaneousley. The Fredericia charging station is constructed as a grove of 12 “trees” with a total crown of 400㎡, rendered in a mix of open and closed roof panels.

▼充电站外缘的秋千,a swing was set in the station ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

▼屋顶以开放式面板和封闭式面板混合铺设 ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST
the crown of the Fredericia charging station is rendered in a mix of open and closed roof panels

▼结构细节,structure detailed view ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST


The second ultra-fast charging station for electric vehicles, powered by E.ON Drive & Clever, has opened at the Western bridge of the Great Belt Link, Storebæltsforbindelsen, in Denmark. The new station is part of a network of 48 sustainable, fast-charging stations planned along Scandinavian highways.

▼位于Knudshoved的第二座充电站,Ultra-fast charging station Knudshoved ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

▼舒适、宁静且具有禅意的空间,a pleasant, restful and Zen-like feel ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

▼充电站细节,pavilion detailed view ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST


The goal is for both the new and the coming charging stations to offer users a pleasant, restful and Zen-like feel that may even, hopefully, make the roads safer. In the longer term, ultra-fast charging stations can also help make it more attractive to invest in EVs and thus promote the transition from fossil fuels to more green, more energy-efficient and CO2-neutral transportation both in Denmark and abroad.

▼Knudshoved充电站鸟瞰,charging station Knudshoved aerial view ©Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

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