The charging network that'll top you up as well as your car
Porsche Destination Charging means both car and passengers can recharge their batteries off the beaten track
A low summer sun bathes the hills of Champagne in gold as a Taycan glides silently over the cobblestone driveway of the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa in Champillon. Surrounded by rolling countryside and quaint medieval villages, this exclusive five-star hotel is one of many hidden gems on the ever-expanding Porsche Destination Charging network.
Hurui Issak, project manager of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland steps out of the car and enters the brightly lit lobby. The concierge takes his key and promises to return the Taycan fully charged and ready to travel the following morning.
The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa in Champillon is one of the hotels that have joined the Porsche Destination Charging network.
On the terrace, Issak looks out over vineyards bathed in the evening light. In the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, he will soon be sampling contemporary interpretations of timeless local delicacies. And in the morning, the infinity pool offers the perfect way to start the day before getting back behind the wheel, refreshed and recharged.
The philosophy behind Porsche Destination Charging extends far beyond the secure supply of power. It is a flashback to the bygone days of leisurely travel, a counterpoint to today’s hectic rush from one place to the next. It’s about taking things in, making memories, drinking in culture. The network now includes more than 1,200 charging points at hotels, golf clubs, marinas, and other destinations in more than 50 countries around the world.
France alone accounts for almost one hundred such hotels, restaurants, and golf clubs with Porsche Destination Charging. These include such venerable institutions as the Le Bristol hotel in Paris, where Charlie Chaplin and Rita Hayworth once stayed. The portfolio also includes castles, stately homes, and modern luxury hotels in the most beautiful regions of the country. Those who wish to can travel along the Loire in their electric or hybrid Porsche from one charming boutique hotel to the next, enjoying the best of France’s cuisine and lifestyle, knowing that every morning their fully charged car will be awaiting them.
This time around, Issak can only treat himself to one stop in the Champagne region, since he is escorting the brand-new safety car for the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland to Le Mans for the start of the season. Issak could have sent the safety car via transporter, but, curious about the possibilities of the Porsche Destination Charging network, he opted for a road trip with a Frozen Blue Metallic Taycan 4S and the Taycan Turbo that has been specially prepared for its role as an official safety car.
Leaving Champillon the following morning, a detour via the historic racetrack of Reims-Gueux is a must, before continuing west towards Le Mans. “In conversations, especially in the field of motorsport, I am often asked about the Taycan – how it drives and what it is like to travel in it,” Issak says. “In order to be able to provide informed answers, I take it on long-distance trips myself.”
Over the gentle jazz of Gregory Porter emanating from the Dolby Surround speakers, Issak continues: “It’s amazing how much peace and serenity the Porsche Taycan brings to traveling. Electric route planning has become simplicity itself; you just need to take a look at the Porsche Charging Service app. And Porsche Destination Charging is a sort of quality seal for me: I can trust that everything will be in working order there and that the Porsche Mobile Chargers are guaranteed to be compatible with my car. And that the hotels or restaurants will more than meet my requirements!”
The Taycan was not simply the first all-electric vehicle we’ve launched. Porsche thinks about e-mobility in broad and far-reaching terms and has been continuously expanding the charging infrastructure for its customers. To date, an extensive network of over 120,000 charging points can be accessed in Europe.
For longer routes, Porsche joined forces with its IONITY to build up a network of rapid charging stations and nearly 300 of these are now in operation along motorways and main transportation arteries throughout Europe, with new ones being added every week. The interactive Charging by Porsche app helps locate these 800-volt stations along the route, where the Taycan’s range can be extended by a good 150km within ten minutes.
All this now works in conjunction with the Porsche Charging Planner, which plans travel routes around charging stops in Europe and the USA. The navigation system calculates the smartest route based on real-time information and continuously updates it to ensure that charging stations are always within reach. The Charging Planner also provides the charging performance of the charging stations and calculates the time for the optimal charging range up to an 80 per cent state of charge.
For Issak, the destination is a familiar one, the remaining route straightforward. Porsche’s home-from-home at Le Mans is a few short hours southwest, with a distance glimpse of Paris in between. Maybe Le Bristol next year …
Taycan 4S: electricity consumption combined: 27.0 - 26.2 kWh/100 km; CO2e combined: 0 g/km
Taycan Turbo: electricity consumption combined: 28.0 kWh/100 km; CO2e combined: 0 g/km
Taycan Turbo S: electricity consumption combined: 28.5 kWh/100 km; CO2e combined: 0 g/km