Porsche Cars North America has announced an agreement with Electrify America to provide the Taycan with three years of charging at Electrify America public stations across the country. This charging service will be included in the price of the Taycan. In addition, Porsche US dealers will install their own fast-charge kiosks. Porsche will also develop and offer home-charging technology.
Electrify America highway and metro stations, and many Porsche dealers, will offer DC fast-charging at rates up to 350kW. Due to its 800V technology and CCS plug, the Taycan will be able to add more than 60 miles (97km) of range in four minutes.
“Every Porsche is a sports car with soul, and the Taycan is soul electrified,” says Klaus Zellmer, president and CEO of PCNA. “Together, Electrify America and our Porsche dealer network will provide a national infrastructure for DC fast charging that frees future Taycan owners from range anxiety. And Porsche home charging technology will turn the customer’s garage into the equivalent of a personal gas station.”
Taycan buyers will receive three years of unlimited 30-minute charging at Electrify America locations, which include more than 300 highway stations in 42 states, and over 180 sites in 17 metro areas. Each location will have an average of five charging dispensers, with some having as many as 10.
The Electrify America highway stations will have a minimum of two 350kW chargers per site, with additional chargers delivering up to 150kW. The highway stations will be spaced along multiple routes and no more than 120 miles (193km) from each other. Nationally, the distance between highway stations will average 70 miles (113km). Charging dispensers at metro locations will be able to charge at speeds up to 150kW.
The first phase of Electrify America’s nationwide ultra-fast-charging network will feature 484 locations with more than 2,000 charging dispensers installed or under construction by July 1, ahead of the Taycan’s arrival in late 2019. The company’s second phase of charger installations is expected to deploy hundreds of additional charging sites beginning July 2019.
All 191 US Porsche dealerships will install DC fast-charging. More than 120 of these dealerships will feature Porsche Turbo Charging, which is the auto maker’s own DC system that delivers up to 320kW and also uses the CCS plug. The remaining dealerships will install 50kW fast-chargers.
The total investment by Porsche dealers in charging infrastructure will be about US$70m.