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Brief Published: 21 Mar 2018

New Chargers Cash In on Electric Vehicles

Clockwise L-R: Bentley x Philippe Starck, Yeop Baek

As we explored in Electrified Streetscapes, the electric vehicle (EV) market is booming. Inspired designers are reconsidering the look, function and status of charging systems to respond to new sustainable sensibilities and cash in on this transport revolution. We highlight two new EV chargers reframed as beautiful portable devices.

  • Conceived by French designer Philippe Starck for Bentley, the Bentayga EV power dock is intended as a luxury accessory for the British automaker’s new hybrid electric SUV of the same name.

    Fashioned from cast aluminium and sustainable materials such as pressed eco-linen, the device emulates the high-end quality of a luxury car while responding to environmental concerns. By offering a design-led power dock, Bentley hopes to encourage its clients to buy electric.
  • Korean designer Yeop Baek has also explored the innovative potential of EV chargers with his Volt drone concept. Envisaging an app-enabled service where users can request and pay for EV charging, the quadcopter features a charging dock centred within four propellers, allowing it to move above ground and be controlled remotely.

    The Volt charging drone geo-locates the user via their mobile phone to travel to their exact location, enabling EV charging in remote areas. 

Read Transformative Transport in High-Octane Hubs for new developments in ride-hailing and autonomous vehicle services. For more on how EV chargers are infiltrating the automotive industry, look out for our upcoming report on the Geneva Motor Show 2018, publishing on March 22.