Images depict how rural and urban spaces could look different in the coming years
Felix Page Autocar writer
30 October 2018

Jaguar has revealed four sketches, in partnership with architect firm Barr Gazetas, that predict how the future of urban and rural landscapes could look thanks to the growing popularity of electric vehicles. 

The car maker’s interest in the changing landscape stems from its investment in electric vehicles. Last year, it launched its well-received I-Pace electric SUV, and an electric XJ saloon is expected in 2020.

“Electric vehicles such as the I-PACE are proving hugely successful, with sales exceeding expectations,” a Jaguar spokesman told Autocar. “This was the reason for embarking on such a study with a group of architects.”

Jaguar design director Ian Callum, who collaborated on the designs with Barr Gazetas, said the growth in EVs gave a “unique chance for wholesale change of the facilities available for drivers as we reinvent usage and ‘filling’ patterns for our vehicles”. 

The four sketches, entitled Today, Tomorrow, Electric City and Electric Future, propose a revival of defunct urban spaces, more connectivity between infrastructure, and reduced pollution and noise levels. 

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The first, Today, is a reimagination of Forton Services on the M6. Jaguar said that the eradication of conventional fuelling methods has allowed for a more open, cleaner and quieter environment. Longer fuel stops necessitated by slower charging methods have been exploited as an opportunity to establish restaurants, farm shops, gyms and other facilities within the service area. 

Jaguar claims that such environmental improvements could allow for an increased connection to communities in the surrounding areas, as service stations become more of a destination in and of themselves. 

Tomorrow takes a well-known car park near Oxford Street in London, and transforms it into a self-sufficient charging hub for electric vehicle users. Primarily benefitting those who suffer from a lack of parking near their homes, the building will use solar panels to generate power for charging the new generation of vehicles. 

The resulting cleaner surroundings will open up parts of the unit for the establishment of retail and leisure facilities, said the car maker.

Jaguar extends its predictions to encompass aspects of community life with the Electric City concept, which, through reimagining Liverpool’s Stanley Dock, demonstrates how greater availability of green energy can allow for a rejuvenation of disused brownfield sites. 

The area is depicted as a community interchange, facilitating the development of industry and commercial amenities in the area. 

In Electric Future, Jaguar highlights the potential impact of widespread electrification upon established urban spaces. London is greener, and makes use of tidal and solar power generation methods to fuel its network of public transport and private vehicles. 

Jon Eaglesham, managing director or Barr Gazetas, said the four concepts “should be possible within a generation. As architects, together with authorities national and local, we need to embrace this opportunity now, and bring visions such as these to reality”. 

While Jaguar has hinted at its vision for electrification in towns and rural areas, it said it has no plans to contribute towards public infrastructure. It said: “We are in the business of manufacturing vehicles, not developing infrastructure.  As a result however, we are in a privileged position of knowledge and understanding of the automotive market and its movements, development and needs.”

The project also supports Jaguar Land Rover’s broader plans to offer an electrified variant of all models launched from 2020, from a mixture of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.  Alongside the I-Pace, the car maker offers plug-in hybrid variants of its Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

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30 October 2018

..but even I can't defend this clap-trap

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

30 October 2018

The reality of course is that it will be more like a Bladerunner dystopia than Jaguar's pretty ideology of an electrified utopia.

30 October 2018

Well, clearly there will have been a lot more Global warming than even the worst predictions if anyone is swiming in an ouside swimmimg pool in Liverpool, and i think it could be some time before anyone has an electric helicoper from the last picture (is that a clue about the look of the 2020 XJ?). 


30 October 2018

If that's the future, I'll pass thanks

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

30 October 2018

How 'bout they " reveal " that petrol inline 6 they've been talking about for years now?



30 October 2018

Is this worthy of an article?! C'mon Autocar!

30 October 2018

  No, don think so, these Sketches are just Pipe dreams, would be nice, but, the way the World is just now, it might not be in our time, a dismal view?, sort of, of course I’d want it to be like Jaguars view, but, I just don’t see it....

Peter Cavellini.

30 October 2018

Once again Jaguar shows that they're the only ones who can really see the future.  The clarity and ingenuity is breath-taking, and these designs show that they are far advanced in their thinking, and are considering a future that the Germans can only dream of.  They are now so far ahead that other car manufacturers simply can't keep pace and might as well give up trying. 

30 October 2018

That's the best yet!!!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

30 October 2018

really need to stop wasting time and energy on this tripe and start making "CARS" not suvs that the public actually want to buy. 


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