Looking to the market launch of its new Mission E next year, Porsche is planning to supply all of its 189 dealerships in the USA with 800-V fast-charging stations. They will be able to fully charge the vehicles for a 400 km range within 20 minutes.
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Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer confirmed this to USA Today. He stated: “Charging infrastructure is an extremely important part of the EV experience as a whole,” and six of the fast charging stations have already been installed in the Experience Center in Atlanta. That is also where the North American HQ for the German car manufacturer is located. The next location to receive the charging stations will be the Experience Center in Los Angeles.
Unlike Tesla, which is offering its customers unlimited free charging at its superchargers, Porsche is planning to introduce a new payment system, which has not been revealed thus far, however, it may contain a flat-rate option as well.
The final design for the Mission E was completed last November. Tests for the serial version of the car have already begun, on time for the planned market launch at the end of 2019. The Mission E has been heralded as a major challenger for Tesla in the United States.
Update March, 08, 2018: Also Porsche’s 20 dealers in Canada will be equipped with 800-V fast-charging stations to welcome the MissionE. However, a time table for the implementation of the HPC fast-chargers has not yet been provided.
Update April, 18, 2018: Porsche has now specified its plan to install HPC stations at all its U.S. dealerships. Expect to see “at least 500” of such chargers at Porsche outlets, Autonews quotes Porsche’s USA chief Klaus Zellmer.
Update, October, 17, 2018: So, Porsche is adding on to their planned network of super fast charging stations yet again. Prompted by the imminent launch of their electric sports car Taycan, they plan to erect no less than 700 high power charging stations across the United States. Dealers will have to bear their share and shoulder at least 200 of those.