Jaguar Envisions Electric Future In New Sketches

OCT 31 2018 BY MARK KANE 4

Electric cars will change the landscape

Jaguar partnered with London architecture practice Barr Gazetas to try to imagine how electric cars could transform cities in the not too distant future.

The fruit of the partnership is four concept urban plans (see them below) named ‘Today’, ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Electric City’ and ‘Electric Future’.

In general, we see a more human-friendly environment both in terms of space and air quality. Combined with less noisy roads, it should be a peaceful place to spend time.

Jaguar I-PACE

“‘The Electrified Automotive Future and its Relationship to Architecture’ was the subject of an evening hosted by Jaguar design and a group of London’s leading RIBA architects, planners, property developers and infrastructure experts.The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), of which Ian Callum is an Honorary Fellow, is the professional body for architects in the UK with more than 40,000 members around the world.

Ian Callum and a number of architects led by award-winning Jon Eaglesham of Barr Gazetas presented concepts depicting a joint-vision as to what an urban future of automotive electrification could look like.”

Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum said:

Jaguar I-PACE

“I am incredibly proud of what we have created in the Jaguar I-PACE and the reception it has received since its launch. It is a truly revolutionary vehicle with one of the most advanced zero-emissions powertrains ever fitted to a production car. The I-PACE is instantly recognisable as a Jaguar, with the beautiful design and dynamic capability inherent in our vehicles.

“As a designer, I am hugely excited by the opportunity this widespread adoption of electric cars presents. We have a unique chance for wholesale change of the facilities available to drivers as we reinvent usage and ‘filling’ patterns for our vehicles. The concepts we are presenting here with the team of architects show a vision of what is possible, what is needed and what it could look like.”

London architecture practice Barr Gazetas’ managing director, Jon Eaglesham said:

“This study is all about realising opportunity. These four concepts should all be possible within a generation. Electric vehicle successes such as the I-PACE represent a huge catalyst for change. As architects, together with town planners and authorities national and local, we need to embrace this opportunity now, and bring visions such as these to reality, improving experiences, and indeed lives, up and down the country.”

Today

Today – what a motorway service station could be… In this example we take a traditional, tired motorway service station and breathe new electrified life in to it. It is based on Forton Services on the M6. When it opened in 1965 Forton Services was a beacon of modernity featuring an up-market restaurant and a sun deck. Today motorway services are often an unpleasant jumble of commercial buildings servicing noisy, polluted motorways. With electrification, much reduced noise and pollution together with increased ‘dwell time’, result in such stations becoming destinations with an array of amenities and services including farm shops, gymnasiums, swimming pools and restaurants to give travellers greater options to occupy the time required to charge their vehicles. The trend towards connecting these stations to their local rural and urban community is enhanced by the environmental improvements electric cars will bring. Encouraging people to visit for a variety of reasons, be it for leisure, to work or to trade produce and ideas, they will revive the lost model of the ancient caravanserai.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow – NCP of the future… This is based on one of the UK’s most iconic multi-storey car parks – on Welbeck Street, hidden behind Oxford Street in London’s West End. Completed in 1970, and originally constructed to provide car parking space for shoppers, the structure symbolises an era of fossil fuel consumption. Re-imagined as a self-sufficient charging plaza, the proposal is to reinvent the existing stock of city centre multi-storey car parks, where owners of electric vehicles who are less likely to have access to off-street parking at their homes, can charge their cars adjacent to good public transport links. The proposal at Welbeck Street makes use of the existing structural grid to support solar photovoltaics panels that will provide clean energy for inner-city electric vehicle owners to charge their cars. The result is cleaner and greener surroundings and parts of the building freed up for retail and leisure use. A public artwork on the side of the building indicates the renewable energy generated to charge the cars within the structure.

Electric City

Electric City – fast-approaching reality of completely emission free major cities… Reimagining post-industrial wastelands. Here we have taken Liverpool’s Stanley Dock as an example. Built in 1901 it was once the largest building in the world, but fell into disrepair in the 1980s, symbolising lost industry and economic difficulty. In this image it has been reimagined as a community interchange, helping to rejuvenate the city through the creation of new community facilities and industries based on green energy on redundant sites country wide. Linked to the future of transport and car-free city centres, redundant brownfield sites like Stanley Dock can offer the multi-modal ‘last mile’ connection to cities, whilst rejuvenating the communities they are situated in.

Electric Future

Electric future – opportunity for wholesale change, up and down the country… In this image, London is a cleaner, healthier city where repurposed, new infrastructure, connected to electric vehicles, has allowed a proliferation of vegetation and green space. Cities across the UK are electrically self-sufficient harnessing solar and tidal power to power the increased number of electric vehicles, both land-based and airborne.

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4 Comments on "Jaguar Envisions Electric Future In New Sketches"

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Prsnep

Everyone envisions future with no poverty or fat people. But income disparity and obesity rates are increasing.

Harrod

Quite so. If we want to find a different future we need to be driven by different priorities today. Our world looks the way it does because of ‘economy’ and ‘self’.

Ocean Railroader

What’s wrong with this picture is their is not enough bumper to bumper traffic and their are two many trees and green spaces and not enough stoplights and let’s not forget run down old gas powered cars.

This video at 1.50 minutes has a funny joke about why they still dive gas powered cars 900 years in the future and they make a joke about flying cars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k0_fZMe0S4

My vision of the future is all the wages will be very low and the rents will be very high and people will be living in crowds of a hundred or more in the former carcasses of the shopping malls called Crowd Houses due to the rents being so high and their being no jobs.

Also the bulk of the human population would be unemployed due to automation taking away their low wage jobs.

I’m working on a science fiction book with that in it.

silversod

I’m glad they envisage an electric future because as of todays news their diesel engined models which they have been so reliant on have slid 13% in the last few months.
The firm’s Solihull plant, where it makes Range Rover and Jaguar models, is currently closed for a two-week shutdown and their JLR Castle Bromwich plant is moving to a three day week. They’d better get those EV models on the front burner then.