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Leaf-Shaped Charging Station: Ultimate Nissan Leaf Accessory?

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So often in the world of Industrial design, form follows function. Then once in a while, a design comes along that turns a mundane object like an electric car charging station into something a little more artistic. 

Enter the leaf-shaped Lotus solar-powered electric car charging station

Designed by Luminexecne’s Giancarlo Zema, the solar-powered charging station looks like a giant lotus leaf, and combines a shelter, a night-time LED light and a charging station in one unit. 

Available in a variety of sizes, from a 43 square foot model capable of producing 500 watts of peak solar power through to a 204 square foot model capable of capturing up to 2.8 kilowatts peak, the units are certainly different. They can even be combined to make it look like giant water lilies are taking over a parking lot. 

While this isn’t the first plant-shaped charging station we’ve seen, we love the way the Lotus’s design offers to bring some brightly colored, functional fun to the boring parking lot. 

Is it the perfect gift for the Nissan Leaf owner with cash to spare? Not really. 

Here’s why.

The smallest Lotus charging station would certainly fit on a modest driveway in the suburbs. However, at a peak power output of just 500 watts, you’d need to hook it up to a supplemental mains supply to provide the 3 kilowatts minimum power most electric cars need to charge at 240-volts. 

For now, if you want to charge your electric car at home from a large leaf, the best solution we can suggest involves a large photovoltaic solar array on your home’s roof, and a charging station imaginatively mounted in a tree.

But it has got us thinking: If you could design a solar-powered charging station for an electric car, what would it look like? 

Let us know in the Comments below.

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Comments (7)
  1. Very cool, I like the idea of charging stations that look like nature inspired sculpture. This could even help a few more skeptics warm up to EVs, its fun just to look at them and when was the last time you could say something like that about a gas station?
     
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  2. I like those leaf looking charging stations too. It looks like they are solar, and if they are, they need tilted a little so the rain and snow will run off.
     
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  3. Um.....you did read the article, right? That was the whole point, that these are lotus leaf inspired solar powered EV charging or electronic information stations.
     
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  4. Breaking the design up into 4 leaves doesn't provide much surface area for solar panels. I'd suggest one long roof that's leaf shaped, maybe like a banana tree's. You could still give it some ripples to make it look more natural
     
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  5. While that sounds like a nice idea, I don't believe that would have the necessary structural support. It would be unstable.
     
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  6. I think using visible solar systems to power and point to EV chargers on commercial and public properties makes a lot of sense. In fact (disclosure), this is our business. Our design has some similarity to this leaf concept, but uses available solar panels for affordability and production capacity. http://www.spotlightsolar.com/products/lift/12875054
     
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  7. I don't get why you dismissed the idea as a home charger,saying: "The smallest Lotus charging station would certainly fit on a modest driveway in the suburbs. However, at a peak power output of just 500 watts, you’d need to hook it up to a supplemental mains supply to provide the 3 kilowatts minimum power most electric cars need to charge at 240-volts." Of course you would hook it up to the electrical grid. It would provide energy all day long to help offset the usage you would draw out of the charger when needed. While the design would certainly cost more than the mundane charging stations, it looks great. I hope they make a matching lotus leaf without the charger, so you could add a great solar array sculpture whether or not you own a
     
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