Asked to develop a concept for an electric car charging station for a new urban development in Shanghai, Ennead Lab created the Charging Tower, a urban roadside beacon for electric cars.
Unlike filling up a car at a gas station, charging an electric car takes a larger investment of time from the driver. Currently, there are two options for charging an electric vehicle: a super charge or a standard charge. A super charge utilizes both alternating and direct current simultaneously to provide a vehicle with over 100 miles of charge in only 25 minutes. Such a system is best used by drivers who are still on their way to their destination or need the extra miles to get home. On the other hand, the standard charge method will take up to five hours to achieve the same level of charge. Both systems raise the question: what does the driver do while the car is charging?