The COBE station recharges an electric car in only 15 minutes while providing drivers with a clean and calm atmosphere, a far cry from conventional gas stations

Gas stations have an imminent problem—as consumers continue to demand climate-related reform, more and more of them will opt for vehicles that run on alternative energy. Although some companies have begun to invest in a handful of charging stations alongside oil pumps, it's simply not enough: Electric cars will likely reduce gasoline demand in the U.S. by only about 5% by 2035. The traditional gas station model is clearly no longer sustainable.

Enter COBE stations, the reinvented rest stops designed by an urban planning group in Denmark that celebrate green energy. COBE's station takes 15 minutes to recharge a vehicle, so their entire structure is designed with this wait in mind.

Crafted from sustainably harvested wood, the station allows light to pour gently over waiting cars, creating a relaxing aura. Benches, swings, trees and plants encourage drivers to stay for awhile, offering a meditative mental reprieve far removed from the experience of gas stations. Not only does the charging station cater to a worldwide consumer demand for eco-friendly alternatives, it also responds to the growing trends of wellness and self-care.

Although a handful of retailers in the U.S. have begun to reimagine gas stations in terms of quality of service, the solution might be at the very root of the design rather than in any extra offerings. Gasoline is destined to decrease in need, and it is also an aesthetic turn-off; a growing generation of eco-friendly consumers view it as the symbol of climate disaster.

COBE bets on the reformation of driving, offering a green respite that rids itself of any correlation to the smell, design and unpleasant atmosphere often associated with gas stations.

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Gas stations have an imminent problem—as consumers continue to demand climate-related reform, more and more of them will opt for vehicles that run on alternative energy. Although some companies have begun to invest in a handful of charging stations alongside oil pumps, it's simply not enough: Electric cars will likely reduce gasoline demand in the U.S. by only about 5% by 2035. The traditional gas station model is clearly no longer sustainable.

Enter COBE stations, the reinvented rest stops designed by an urban planning group in Denmark that celebrate green energy. COBE's station takes 15 minutes to recharge a vehicle, so their entire structure is designed with this wait in mind.