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The Electric Fuelling Station of the Future: A Design Competition

Submissions open August 30 - Nov 15, 2021

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How do we recharge not just our cars, but also ourselves at the pause point in a journey?

This design competition asks architects, landscape architects, engineers, designers and cross-disciplinary practitioners to reimagine the highway gas station of today as an entirely new Canadian roadside oasis for electric vehicles, where travellers can rest, play, eat, refuel and more. Unlike city driving, longer road trips create range anxiety in non-EV owners, representing a barrier to adoption. To accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future, we want to show drivers the positive possibilities and innovative benefits of the EV lifestyle. Our international, award-winning jury is looking for inspiring, boundary-breaking work that will help reinvigorate the built environment along Canada’s transit and tourism corridors to serve as a blueprint for the future.

Our hope is that this competition will spark a holistic rethinking of the refuelling experience and explore the opportunities presented by the electrification of our infrastructure.

“A key area of misunderstanding is that electric cars are inconvenient on long trips because they can take 20 minutes or more to recharge. EV drivers know that these planned charging stops often enhance their journeys, rather than diminish them.”

— Nino Di Cara, Electric Autonomy Canada


Entrants are asked to incorporate the following design considerations:

  • We are seeking a design for a roadside rest stop for a highway, allowing for visitors to engage in multiple activities, including vehicle recharging, dining and more. The design can take the form of a single building or multiple pavilions and areas.
  • Highway electric charging takes approximately 20 to 40 minutes so the dwell time is significantly longer on site than a typical fuel pump of 5 minutes. (Visitors do not need to attend to their cars while plugged in.) Design solutions should reflect the travellers’ convenience and hospitality needs. Be creative with the amenities provided on site, which can range from retail to dining to play areas for children and other landscape design features.
  • Consider parking and charging areas creatively. Recharging is completely non-toxic, so there are no hazardous materials involved. Aside from highway noise, electric vehicles are also considerably quieter.
  • While this competition is primarily aimed at passenger-vehicle travellers, keep in mind that users of the station can include families and other groups of leisure travellers, business travellers and those driving on longer commutes.


Design competition launches to reimagine EV charging stations