Porsche just set a new record on ‘Back to the Future’ day
1.21 gigawatts of power with its proprietary network of superchargers
Limited range and lacking infrastructure are slowing down EV adoption as most drivers still experience the so-called ‘range anxiety’. Porsche is trying to solve these problems by utilising upgraded battery packs to provide extended range and by working on its own network of chargers to make life easier for EV owners, especially in the U.S. States and the European countries that are still behind on that front.
Both networks are expanding at an amazing rate and between Electrify America and the European Ionity charging network, Porsche has just exceeded 1.21 gigawatts of combined power for the first time, making it the largest DC fast charger network in the U.S. and Europe.
There are currently 670 Electrify America locations in the U.S. and 372 Ionity locations on this side of the Pond (14 of which are situated in the UK), for a total of 4,800+ individual chargers.
With a DC fast-charger, it takes 22 minutes to charge the 800-volt battery architecture in a Taycan from 5 to 80% thanks to its 800-volt battery architecture, at a maximum power level of up to 270 kW. It’s fast and easy. You just plug it in and off you go.
In addition to that, Taycan owners in the UK can access the Ionity network free of charge for the first three years, which allows them to charge their Taycan at a rate of 30p per kilowatt hour.
The original Mission E, the concept car that preceded the Taycan, was revealed in 2015 and four years later, the first all-electric Porsche was launched at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
It’s fair to say that it’s been very well-received so far, with over 20,000 units sold in 2020 and 19,822 units sold in the first six months of 2021. From day one, Porsche has always maintained that the priority was to give the Taycan true Porsche credentials. They wanted it to feel and drive like a proper Porsche. And it seems they’ve done a good job at that.