Porsche will build 500 electric vehicle charging stations in the US by end of 2019

By William Gayde ยท 8 replies
Apr 16, 2018
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  1. Porsche wants to expand their electric vehicle offerings but with that comes the need for a reliable charging network. Although Tesla is most well known for such a network, Porsche is also looking to setup a similar system. In an interview with Automotive News, Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zellmer outlined the company's plan to build 500 fast chargers by the end of 2019.

    The units will be positioned at dealerships as well as along highways to maximize their coverage. This is all in an effort to combat "range anxiety" among electric vehicle owners when going on long distance trips. Zellmer noted that the the vast majority of users will charge at home or work, but creating a network like this is necessary for "unlikely instances" where a driver would need to go more than 300 miles in a single trip.

    Porsche will most likely charge drivers a fee to use the system, but they haven't determined that yet for sure. Dealerships will also have the option of providing them free of charge, if they agree to take on the 6-figure installation cost of the unit itself.

    The chargers operate at 800-volts and can provide a whopping 350-kilowatts of power. This is enough for an 80% charge in just 20 minutes, or roughly three times faster than Tesla's current superchargers.

    By the time these units are installed, Porsche hopes to have a production model vehicle available based on their Mission E concept car. They are also planning a second model, based on the Mission E Cross Turismo concept, by 2020.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,109   +2,598

    Oh baby! That is one sharp looking car but I think I'm going to need to inherit BIG TIME to afford one ..... LOL
     
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  3. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Maniac Posts: 292   +183

    Am I understanding this right? Each auto maker is going to make their own proprietary charging systems? Is each fuel station going to need multiple types of "pumps" for each auto maker? For the smarts you think auto makers have, I am seeing a lack of it.
     
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  4. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Booster Posts: 82   +58

    Yeah, there should be universal chargers!
     
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  5. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Addict Posts: 240   +110

    Watch a company like Belkin or some other 3rd party company come out with some sort of a universal adapter.
     
  6. toooooot

    toooooot TS Booster Posts: 125   +47

    Greed makes people do stupid things even when they are fairly bright.
     
  7. ChrisH1

    ChrisH1 TS Addict Posts: 109   +56

    Gotta watch out for the weasel words. Is that 500 stations, or 500 locations? Tesla already has 9,184 superchargers, but 'only' 1,191 locations worldwide. Not saying anything against Porsches, I love Porsches, but if it's 500 locations across USA that's one thing, but if it's 8 chargers at 500/8=63 locations across the USA by 2019, that's few and far between.

    By that time, how many Tesla superchargers will there be?

    Plus, the average Porsche can hold 2 adults, and if you're lucky, a couple of kids under 10 in the back seats and no luggage ... just saying ... (disclosure: I drive a Tesla, >today< not a Porsche tomorrow ...)
     
  8. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Maniac Posts: 292   +183

    It's in the article's bold large font headline. :)
    "Porsche will build 500 electric vehicle charging stations"
    I would doubt it's only one charger each.
     
  9. ChrisH1

    ChrisH1 TS Addict Posts: 109   +56

    I think you're thinking of 'station' like a 'gas station' where you have several pumps. A 'charging station' usually refers to a single piece of equipment that can charge one car, I.e. 'there are 2 charging stations at the mall'. That's what I'm saying - there might be far fewer locations.

    This article https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/18/17252088/vw-porsche-electric-car-charging-station-us implies it's 500 individual charging stations - text from it for those who don't want to read the whole thing below:

    "Meanwhile, Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, told Automotive Newsthat the performance brand would install at least 500 fast chargers at dealerships and highway locations across the US by the end of 2019."
     
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