Seeking to Boost the Taycan's Competitiveness, Porsche Promises 62 Miles in Four Minutes - for Free
Well, “free” under certain circumstances. We’re referring to the cost of recharging Porsche’s upcoming electric super sedan, and we’re certainly not referring to the time it takes to reach triple-digit speeds.
As it prepares to launch a vehicle that truly deserves the overused title of “Tesla fighter,” Porsche has a perk it wants would-be owners to know about: industry-beating charging speed, at no cost to the operator.
As detailed by Bloomberg, Taycan (pronounced “tie-kahn”) owners can expect to juice up their Taycans for free once the sedan arrives late this year. This perk is made possible by Volkswagen’s Electrify America recharging network — a network born of the company’s diesel scandal and resulting green penance.
By the beginning of July, Electrify America plans to have 300 stations either in operation and under construction, each housing two 350 kw fast-charge plugs. The Taycan’s 800-volt electrical system can gulp current at a prodigious rate, meaning drivers can add 62 miles (100 km) to their battery in four minutes at such a hookup. That’s about the time it takes to smoke a cigarette or peruse Twitter for ideology-reinforcing memes.
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume made this promise late last year, opening up a new front in the brand’s battle with Tesla. The California company’s Supercharger stations offer 120 kW hookups, good for a 50 percent charge in about 20 minutes. Fast, but still poky compared to a 350 kw charge. As Taycans are expected to offer 310 miles of driving range, a full fill-up at one of Electrify America’s stations wouldn’t eat up too much of your afternoon — assuming no one’s hogging the plugs.
New Tesla buyers, in most cases, can also expect to pay for their slower charge, as the automaker got rid of free, unlimited charging back in September. This means a second perk for Taycan buyers.
“Getting into a car and doing 0-to-60 mph in less than three seconds—can you really differentiate yourself if you do it in 2.8 seconds, and the other can do it in 2.7?,” Klaus Zellmer, the head of Porsche Cars North America, told Bloomberg. “There are other factors that will gain importance, such as charging time.”
As the release date draws closer, Porsche claims substantial interest exists for its upcoming 600 hp EV. There’s also no shortage of speculation on what the future might hold for the model, which starts in the low $90k range. As Alex Roy revealed last year, Porsche plans to use the familiar (if inaccurate) “Turbo” name for top-tier performance Taycans and “4s” for all-wheel drive models. This has some wondering if a GT3 model might one day become a reality (who knew the folks at TaycanEVForum.com were so hot on the, um, Taycan?).
It’s worth noting that Electrify America stations won’t be the only place to juice up the Taycan in short order. Porsche dealers will also host 350 kW fast-charge plugs, with some 120 locations expected by the time of the model’s roll-out.
[Image: Porsche AG]
Craiger on Jan 29, 2019
I think that high speed charging will go a long way towards acceptance, but I do see some potential problems. First, I wonder about waiting in line for a port as the number of EVs expands. Obviously this can happen with gas too, especially in urban areas, but the filling times are lower so the car queue would move faster. The second thing I wonder about is how easy is it to push an EV that's completely dead compared to an ICE car in neutral.
Salmonmigration on Jan 29, 2019
Can someone explain the CCS charging standard that VW installed? There are four different plugs and most of them won't mate with any other type of socket, even within the same standard. Was VW just trying to upset the applecart? Did they really think it was a better charger than CHAdeMO?
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- Dave M. Although the effective takeover by Daimler is pooped upon, this is one they got right. I wasn't a fan of the LHs, mostly due to reported mechanical, NVH and build quality issues, but I though Chrysler hit it out of the park with the LXs. The other hyped release that year was the Ford Five Hundred, which, while a well-built car with superior interior space, couldn't hold a candle to the 300.
- Art Vandelay I always liked those last FWD 300's. Been ages since I've seen one on the road though. Lots of time in the RWD ones as rentals. No complaints whatsoever.
- Cardave5150 I've had 2 different 300's - an '08 300SRT and an '18 300C. Loved them both a LOT, although, by the time I had the second one, I wasn't altogether thrilled with the image of 300's out on the street, as projected by the 3rd or 4th buyers of the cars.I always thought that the car looked a little stubby behind the rear wheels - something that an extra 3-4" in the trunk area would have greatly helped.When the 300 was first launched, there were invitation-only meet-and-greets at the dealerships, reminding me of the old days when new model-year launches were HUGE. At my local dealer, they were all in formalwear (tuxes and elegant dresses) with a nice spread of food. They gave out crystal medallions of the 300 in a sweet little velvet box (I've got mine around the house somewhere). I talked to a sales guy for about 5 minutes before I asked if we could take one of the cars out (a 300C with the 5.7 Hemi). He acted like he'd been waiting all evening for someone to ask that - we jumped in the car and went out - that thing, for the time, seemed to fly.Corey - when it comes time for it, don't forget to mention the slightly-stretched wheelbase 300 (I think it was the 300L??). I've never found one for sale (not that I've looked THAT hard), as they only built them for a couple of years.
- Jkross22 "I’m doing more for the planet by continuing to drive my vehicle than buying a new one for strictly frivolous reasons."It's not possible to repeat this too much.
- Jeff S Got to give credit to Chrysler for putting the 300 as a rear wheel drive back on the market. This will be a future classic.