Oxford Park Plans Europe's First Universal Filling Station ({{commentsTotal}})

FuelBar, the filling station of the future?
FuelBar, the filling station of the future? Source: Image: Courtesy of Oxford Sustainable Group

Developers of Oxford Park, a sustainable residential and business community to be built between Tallinn and Rapla, have announced that the project will include an advanced, universal filling station, the first of its kind in Europe.

In a May 3 release, the Oxford Sustainable Group said that its 'FuelBar,' as the company is calling the filling station, will be able to accommodate cars that run on electricity, biofuels, methane, biodiesel, natural gas and gasoline, with options for refueling hydrogen tanks, changing hydrogen fuel cells and swapping out electric batteries.

Because the station will be located near a plant that produces electricity from biomass, transport costs for the local residents and businesses running their cars on electricity would be reduced more than 100 times, the company said.

The FuelBar will also include the capacity to expand, adding other types of fuels that may become available in the years ahead.

"We planned for more space for our universal fueling station and thought about the needs of the future. I think that in five years we will see a big change – a shift from traditional automobiles to electric cars and I wouldn't be at all surprised if after ten years the majority of cars were powered by electricity. We welcome this trend and our development project supports it fully," said Oxford Sustainable Group CEO Hadley Barrett.

Oxford Park, which is scheduled to be completed a decade from now, doesn't hold the nation's monopoly on filling station innovation however.

Earlier this year the nation's major service station chains Alexela, Statoil and Olerex each expressed an interest in getting involved in a government project to set up nationwide electric car recharging network. If completed, there may be as many as 270 charge points throughout the country by the end of next year. 

On March 3, Tartu added five buses to its public transit system that run on locally produced compressed methane.


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