Porsche Introduces Super-Fast Charging Stations for Taycan

Amongst its many features, the first purely electric Porsche, the Taycan, boasts a mere fifteen minutes of charging for 250 miles more driving and an estimated driving range of about 310 miles. As the future of mobility draws nearer with Porsche Taycan’s launch early next year, focus is heightening around the issue of charging infrastructure. Swiss bank UBS has estimated that $360 billion will need to be spent over the next eight years to build global charging infrastructure to keep pace with electric car sales. Charging an electric vehicle away from home can can be unpredictable, but Porsche is committed to relieving those concerns both abroad and here at home in the US. 

IONITY Abroad
In Europe, Porsche and other manufacturers are working together to build a high-power charging network called IONITY. Ionity is built with multi-brand compatibility in mind for current and future generations of electric vehicles through a Combined Charging System (CCS).
To help build critical mass for the CCS favored by Europe, the Volkswagen group, which includes Audi and Porsche, has teamed up with BMW, Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler and Ford and pledged to develop 400 high-power charging stations on main roads in eighteen European countries by 2020. The IONITY charging network will include 350-kilowatt charge points every 62-93 miles along European roadways.
According to the Associated Press, the large 350-kilowatt capacity of IONITY’s publicly available chargers is almost three times the 120 kilowatts per vehicle of Tesla's Superchargers. While currently no car currently on the market can make full use of 350-kilowatt charging capacity, that will all change with the the soon-to-be released Porsche Taycan.

Here at Home

The key to the Taycan’s super fast charging is a potent 800-volt charger, which is much more powerful than the Tesla Supercharger. The vehicle will also be compatible with 400-volt chargers, although they won’t charge the vehicle at the same rate.

While there are already thousands of lower-voltage (mostly 240-volt, but some DC Fast) charging stations in place across the US, Porsche is rolling up its sleeves to help expand the electric vehicle charging grid by installing 800-volt fast charging stations at 189 US Porsche dealerships.

Porsche will also install these stations at other locations that will be convenient for Taycan owners including golf courses. Taycan owners will be able to charge the new electric vehicle at home as well using a socket or an inductive charging pad.

A Uniform System?

Experts expect the CCS connector will be the same in the US as it is the main standard to support fast-charging up to 350-kilowatt. UBS has said that “the quick-charging marketplace might be growing fast, but the issue of different types of connectivity and communication will need to be resolved going forward.” Tesla’s system is exclusive, while CCS features a double-plug that can charge DC and AC, increasing the number of spots where drivers can recharge.

Experts agree it is still too early to predict which plug technology will prevail or even if there will always be different ways to charge electric vehicles, but one thing is certain: Porsche will be continue to innovate with cutting-edge technologies to make your electric driving experience convenient as well as unforgettable.

 

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