Porsche and BMW working on a super-fast charger – 62 miles of range in 3 minutes
Porsche and BMW are working together to help combat the 'range anxiety' that still concerns many potential EV customers.
While the ranges of modern EVs are fairly decent with most big brand EVs able to reach between 250-300 miles on one 'tank', charging times remain an issue, often taking more than an hour to fully charge, even at specialised super-fast charging stations.
But now the two German giants have come up with an advanced yet simple solution: more poooooweeer!
The two brands working together with Siemens, Allego and Pheonix Contact E-Mobility, and supported by €7.8 Million (£7M) grant from the German government, built a super-fast 450kW charging station in Jettingen-Scheppach, a city between Munich and Stuttgart. The consortium forms a program formally known as 'Fast Charge'.
For comparison, Tesla's supercharger network is capable of 'just' a 120kW charging rate. The 450 kW charger from Germany is capable of charging the BMW I3's 57kW battery from 10 to 80 per cent in just 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Porsche prototype EV managed to get 62 miles of range in under three minutes thanks to a 400 kW charging rate (faster than any current EV).
Porsche explained this achievement saying: "An innovative cooling system makes this possible, by ensuring even, gentle temperature control in the battery cells."
Now granted that's still quite a bit less than fuelling up a petrol or diesel, but given the eco credentials and much smaller costs of electricity compared to fuel I don't think I would mind. The station is free to use and can be used by any EV utilising the European standard Type 2 of the Combined Charging System (CCS) and 400 or 800-volt battery system.
Phoenix supplies cooled high energy cabling and station-to-car communication system needed to handle the charging station's monstrous 920-volt energy supply from Siemens. Thanks to this high voltage the station is suitable for a host of different applications like fleet charging or charging along the highways such as in this case.