An EV Future Illustrated

Architecture and urban planning’s role in the adoption of EVs.

 

 

Envisioning a future for EVs isn’t a challenge or an exercise in science fiction, as most of the key technologies are with us now, albeit not yet widely dispersed.

First and foremost, the ubiquitous gas stations of yesteryear are not simply replaced with charging stations. Rather, home charging overnight, becomes the default standard, comprising the bulk of charging for EVs. Residences may feature plugless, inductive chargers, which initiate charging automatically and wirelessly upon parking. All new apartments with garages contain charge points for each resident, and existing apartments are reconfigured to include charge points. Covered “park & plug” bays may be retroactively introduced to many legacy apartments without garages, where space allows, or residents on 2-wheel EVs use battery swap kiosks, but in general, all new homes and new apartments are designed with charging from the outset, greatly reducing the need for external public stations. In public, offices see park and plug bays for employees’ personal vehicles. Battery swap kiosks under a protective solar canopy, address a portion of the smaller EVs, including e-scooters, e-motorcycles, and e-bicycles. Longer distance intercity travel is served by a network of highway fast chargers, with covered bays, though the bulk of all the day-to-day charging still takes place at home or work. Micro EVs increase in number for city users, avoiding the waste of large passenger vehicles (inevitably used in single occupancy), and e-bicycles take market share through their expanded ability to meet commuters’ needs, taking riders twice as far, twice as fast,without sweat equity. Bicycle paths grow and on-demand autonomous drive public e-vehicles erode personal vehicle ownership across the board. Rooftops everywhere are so-called “green roofs”, half covered in urban greenery and solar arrays. Rooftop solar feeds into the grid during the day or charges stationary home battery storage for use anytime. Architecture and urban planning are vital to these electric mobility and distributed clean energy generation goals, significantly upgrading quality of life by providing greater convenience and reducing pollution and noise everywhere, allowing for a cleaner, greener, better future. That’s exciting.

 

 

Writer David Edward Lane
Illustrator Natasha Chiang
David Pan
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