Last quarter, Tesla delivered 95,000 electric cars to customers from around the world. Needless to say, the electric car revolution is coming at a rapid pace as people around the world choose to buy an electric vehicle instead of a gas car.
The question then becomes, what will happen to all the gas stations? There are over 130,000 gas stations in the US alone and many are family-run small businesses who don't have endless resources to prepare for the coming tectonic shift.
While it may be easy to disregard their plight as a necessary step in progress, the fact remains that these soon-to-be icons of a past age sit on some of the most valuable land in the world and represent a considerable investment. They sit on thousands of street corners, city centers, downtowns, and neighborhoods. This isn't even to mention the hundreds of thousands of jobs they provide for communities of all sizes.
This combination of urban impact and human impact make the future of the gas station a pressing and intriguing design challenge.
This is your challenge, design your vision for the future of the gas station. What will it become as drivers begin charging their cars at home, work, and the grocery store? How may they adapt to a shifting landscape of autonomous vehicles and an on-demand culture? The electric car revolution is here and it's up to us to pave the way for the future.
In this competition you'll choose an existing gas station and design a solution for how it may adapt to a changing future. This station may be down the street or on the other side of the world; the important part is that it is a real business that will face real challenges in the years to come.