We may live in a fast-paced world, but the recharging process involved with electric vehicles is unfortunately rather time consuming. That being the case, Audi has proposed its e-den concept, an idea of what charging stations of the future may be.
The annual Design Miami show has been an important place for Audi to showcase its newest new ideas. Last year the automaker unveiled its all-new 2011 A8 sedan at the event. Although not a new vehicle, but possibly equally as important, Audi proposed its concept of what EV refilling stations of the future could be like in Miami this week.
As it stands, charging a Nissan Leaf of Chevrolet Volt can take all night with 120 volt current, but even when 440 volts are used the process takes somewhere around 20 to 30 minutes. We've experienced slow gasoline pumps in our day, but generally nothing longer than 3 to 4 minutes is required to fill a typical tank. With EVs requiring such a long amount of time to top off and the process not needing to be monitored like gasoline refueling, just what are owners expected to do during the process? Audi's new e-den just may be the solution to the impending issue.
The e-den's exterior is reminiscent of 1950s architecture with chrome paneling throughout and a period-correct fuel pump. Completely unusable, the symbolic gas pump encased in glass stands as a reminder of our past and how far we've come. The inside serves as a lounge of sorts, featuring sustainable materials, wood furniture, and magazines -- no e-books? -- Audi dubs a "wellness oasis." Earth-conscious consumers will also be treated with organic food and have the ability to purchase fair-trade goods.
Charging times undoubtedly take longer than most people would prefer, but Audi's e-den seems to be a great way to spend the time. What do you think, is the e-den a place you'd stop at?