However, these developments will not be uniform. They will likely depend heavily on the gas station’s location. Inner-city gas stations have little space but are very well-situated in terms of traffic. Here, the focus will primarily be on refilling or charging. Just like today, the shops will offer products for daily needs. That said, the gas station certainly has the potential to become a neighborhood hub by adding a cozy café. Due to the accessible infrastructure, it would be conceivable to pick up packages from automated postboxes, which some post offices and retailers are already offering.
There is often more space on the outskirts of cities, which offers other possibilities for expansion and additional services. Transportation researchers predict that people will switch more frequently between modes of transport at the entrances to the cities than they do today. It would be conceivable to switch from a car to an e-bike, or to carpool into the city from these points. In the longer term, it might be possible to switch to autonomous vehicles that are ordered via app. A perfect opportunity for gas stations with a bit more space – they could offer free parking spaces as a service model.
On highways, the model will be optimized for travelers rather than commuters. Experience-based dining, entertainment and retail landscapes will make long charging breaks pleasant and family-friendly.