Nissan To Develop The Fuel Station Of The Future

SEP 7 2015 BY MARK KANE 26

2015 Nissan LEAF

2015 Nissan LEAF charging

Nissan announced a new project of the Fuel Station of the Future.

The Japanese manufacturer will design and develop a new kind of station together with international architects Foster + Partners.

The main goal of the project is to propose stations, which would be able to handle electric cars. We guess that besides slow and fast chargers, there will be an energy storage system and solar.

Who knows, maybe they will even add a hydrogen dispenser.

“The concept will be anchored at the heart of a world that is concerned with a zero-emissions society, connected communities, autonomous drive and the Internet of things. It will demonstrate the host of benefits brought by a smart EV ecosystem – not just in terms of mobility, but in harnessing the potential of battery storage and vehicle-to-grid systems.”

David Nelson, Head of Design at Foster + Partners, said:

“The aim of our collaboration with Nissan is to highlight the magnitude of the challenge that we face in evolving our cities to meet change. New technologies, alternative forms of fuel and changing trends within our society are all having a huge impact on the way we get around.

“It seems to be clear that electric vehicles will be a major feature of the urban landscape and, as a result, this presents an exciting opportunity to rethink the fuel station for future generations; a new approach to design will create a more integrated and communal role within our towns and cities. As the leaders in the electric vehicle market, Nissan has been critical in providing insight on how the motorists of the future will interact with the built environment.”

Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles at Nissan, commented:

“Our current refuelling infrastructure model is out-dated and faces an uncertain future unless it rapidly adapts to support the changing needs of consumers. By 2020, there will be almost one million EVs on the road, so it is imperative that there is an infrastructure in place to support this growth.

“This initiative will take the first steps along that road to examine the wider transportation landscape and reimagine the future of mobility, preparing our cities for a more sustainable future.”

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Given Japan’s preoccupation with earthquake preparedness, I expect we will see some kind of home and workplace vehicle to grid emphasis, perhaps in conjunction with wireless (dis)charging.

Having V2G built into the site would be good, maybe a shaded location out of the rain, out of the Suns heat and / or winter cold would also help. A full restaurant also makes the time well spent.
Trying to reach Tesla 120 kW level of Super Charging would be amazing. Storage to help the GRID during Peak Hours is a must with Fast Charging.
Internet access would also be a must for todays customers. You could do work while Fast Charging.

Sounds good Nissan. If you can figure out a way to be one step more innovative than Tesla in the charging department then go for it.

They are developing a Tesla to chademo plug so they can use the network maybe! Oh wait, that would be smart of them.

You’ve got to be kidding.

That’s not a bad idea. Come out with a Nissan pure EV like the S or X. Then buy into Tesla’s network for some money and between the 2 they could make a much bigger network and make EV’s work. 🙂


this sounds more like a white paper than it does a product direction, so i expect this to be future-vision oriented. i kind of suspect that the scope of this study will go beyond simple gas station replacement or just copying the tesla supercharging station because, when it comes to convenience, gas stations do that better than EVSE stations can. there really does have to be a new model, and i think this study is attempting to attack that issue with a holistic approach. i would not be surprised if the study proposed in-road wireless recharging.

This has got to be the Knee Slapper of the week: “… not just in terms of mobility, but in harnessing the potential of battery storage and vehicle-to-grid systems.”

So you pull into a filling station, and the ‘cloud’ decides to make your car even more dead through its car to grid system. People usually using filling stations generally use facility to car transport.

As in, we’ve got a gas shortage so come to the gas station to syphon some of your gas out.

well said… reminds me of the machine that when you feed in coins it prints out a card that says “thank you”

i think the scope of this project is a lot broader than the byline of this article suggests. if all this was was a project to design a station, it wouldn’t be very bold. within the context of this article, the line that you cited does seem risible, but i very much doubt that “vehicle to grid” stuff would be going on at a charging station.

It does sound ridiculous, but if the station were for destination charging, then you could have V2G-while-you-park. Oh, except that peak electrical demand is in the evening when people are at home.

And, of course, you could instead just build some battery banks with the cheap batteries that will be necessary for PEV to succeed at any great scale and have them fed by ever-cheaper solar panels on the many currently-unused rooftops.

I presume the idea will be “Lets Copy what Tesla is doing, since it’s so obviously a good strategy to have fast on-the-road charging location near highways, backed up by a program of destination charging that allows people to charge at hotels and other places they spend multiple hours.”

You don’t drive there, your car does.

Future. 🙂

The word “FUEL” in Fuel Station concerns me, as PEV do NOT need fuel to charge with energy.

Looking forward to seeing “Fuel-less stations of future” … it’s taking much longer than expected.

Energy stations?

Nissan To Develop The Fuel Station Of The Future

….better get on with it Nissan…Tesla has installed over 500 Super Charger stations with many more on the way… Model 3 + Tesla Super Charges = serious Leaf challenger.

I wonder how much are they planning to invest in this project. With every 1 mil USD you can build 5-10 superchargers. Hopefully they are not going to waste millions in this project instead of building fast charging network.

Every big fuel station should have at least 2 fast chargers. An important part of the income of those not coming from fuel sales anymore the more customers they attract the better for them. The point is most people including me do not want the car to dictate an itinary so this solution would fix that issue. This the way this project was presented in French speaking press at least, I wouldn’t be surprised that soon in one way or in another those fast chargers will be imposed in some countries in large fuel stations were those would not represent a hazard.

“It seems to be clear that electric vehicles will be a major feature of the urban landscape and, as a result, this presents an exciting opportunity to rethink the fuel station for future generations; a new approach to design will create a more integrated and communal role within our towns and cities”. There is a role for a leading firm of architects to design a modern building for charging EVs in a dense city or town-centre. I would expect something like the Candi car dispenser in China. A tall compact tower that stores EVs while drivers are at work. The design needs to cater for commuters who might drive their own car, as well as city-dwellers who use car-sharing for shopping and leisure. Vehicle to building (V2B) can assist peak load shaving while still having the battery fully charged for the departure time booked by the owner. In an emergency, car sharing can provide an alternative. In future, with vast numbers of EVs in cities which restrict entry of ICE vehicles, the reality is that the commuter vehicles can be fully charged before the few hours of midday super peak load and need only be partly discharged to provide some… Read more »

Since I have seen some pretty nice Buildings created with shipping containers, I propose using 20′, 40, & 53′ shipping contaners as pre configured charging modules that can be easily transported and set on a pre made foundation pad, by crane, and wired up to the grid in just a few hours. They could have WiFi, Washrooms, TV, and even a Hot Dog stand built right in! With 2 to 6 DC Quick Chargers, the right sized unit could be picked and placed over a 48 hrs span!

In general, I think it best for about another 10 years, if all DC QC locations had a minimum of 2 units, plus at least 1 Level 2 Charging Station on the same site per QC installed, both as overflow when busy, and as back ups in case and for when the QC’s fail: so there is a basic practicle back up plan ready!

So, if 2 DC QC units are set up, there should also be 2 Level 2 units as well. If 6 QC’s, then 6 L2’s; etc.

Maybe Nissan is working with the architect to create a design template for adding EV chargers to existing gas stations. That way mega-station operators like Quiktrip and RaceTrack can quickly and easily add chargers in the corner of their parking lots. With 1 million EVs on the road by 2020 that represents 1 million customers for gas station operators to attract. And since they make more money selling convenience items than gas, it would seem to make sense for them to attract as many drivers to their stations as possible, regardless of the type of fuel the driver needs.

This is exactly the way I understood this when reading this announcement from other sources. With embargo lifted on Iran & China’s economy slowing down we should expect crude oil prices to remain low maybe for 2 years, this will limit the number of EV’s on the road. Taking this into consideration one need to find a cheap way to (super)charge them as no large budget will be spent on this. Adapting existing fuel station (when big enough to have this separated from fuel for obvious reasons) is the way to go. Moreover there will be no mass EV adoption without a network of at least several thousand of fast chargers. No one exept enthousiasts will ever accept to plan an itinary according to fast chargers location, there should be one every 10 miles or so. Adapting existing fuel stations is the way to go.

At they planning on setting up there own stations for Nissan only use or for generic use?

Are they co-locating with other fuel venders or stand-alone like Tesla Superchargers?

Too many unanswered questions.

My guess is that this is a precursor to the buildup of the Tesla inspired model. However, there would be no proprietary restrictions. Any EV could access and use the chargers. If Nissan has any hope of their next generation LEAF II being a viable longer range car, it will need something like this. It’s hardly necessary that the stations be owned by Nissan as the Tesla SC’s are, only that a similar level of care and thought be used in setting them up. An aspiring businessman could buy into one of these and be part of a growing market. Yes, they’d need more than just 2 Level III’s and 2 Level II’s, they’d need a place to eat, bathrooms, snacks, etc. Just like the modern larger gas stations we see popping up all over.


I think that the charging infrastructure will 100% be responsible for the future of EVs. This is why Tesla is on the right track with their Supercharger network. I would (and will) hands down buy a Model 3 over a Bolt or Leaf2 specifically because of this network. The ability to have a car that can drive long distances with quick (reliable) networks is a major selling point. My Leaf has access to QC networks, but they are by no means reliable. Even with increased range, it won’t matter.

Glad to see that Nissan is working on the recharging side of the equation… Agree that teaming up with Tesla might be worthwhile for next gen cars.