Porsche celebrates Back to the Future Day – and a charging network milestone
In 1985, harnessing 1.21 gigawatts meant a trip Back to the Future. Today, it’s contained within a rapidly expanding charging network
Between the rapidly expanding Electrify America and European Ionity charging networks, 1.21 gigawatts of combined power has been exceeded for the first time. Across 670 Electrify America and 372 Ionity locations, electric vehicle drivers can access more than 4,800 individual chargers in the US and Europe, which is good news for Taycan owners.
In just 22 minutes, the all-electric sports car from Porsche can charge from five to 80 per cent, thanks to its 800-volt battery architecture and 270 kW charge speed – meaning less time spent charging and more time travelling. Additionally, with Plug-and-Charge – which must only rank second in convenience to Mr Fusion, the power source of the DeLorean time machine in the blockbuster film Back to the Future – the user simply plugs-in and charging starts automatically, just as the name suggests.
To celebrate the 1.21 gigawatt milestone, Porsche has created a 60-second film, designed to make Back to the Future fans smile. Made with the kind permission of Universal Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, by filmmaker J.F. Musial, it marks the charging networks exceeding 1.21 gigawatts of electricity – a threshold that coincided, by chance, with Back to the Future Day (21 October being the date that the character Marty jumps forward in time in the film).
Among several 'easter eggs', the clip features Donald Fullilove. In 1985, the actor and EV enthusiast played the determined and progress-focused character of Goldie Wilson, who – inspired by Marty McFly – went from café cleaner to become mayor of Hill Valley in Back to the Future.
Taycan Turbo S: Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 25.6 – 24.3 kWh/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (WLTP) 0 g/km, electric range combined (WLTP) 390 – 416 km, electric range in town (WLTP) 434 – 477 km, Electric power consumption* combined (NEDC) 28.5 kWh/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (NEDC) 0 g/km