News Zellmer: Porsche building 500 fast-chargers in U.S.

01:06  17 april  2018
01:06  17 april  2018 Source:   autoblog.com

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Even though fast chargers will be available, Porsche notes most charging is done at home. Quoting Zellmer By Q2 2019 VW has to have built 200 highway fast chargers , all of them 350 kW capable plus 500 additional fast chargers elsewhere.

Porsche just installed six fast - charging stations at its U . S . headquarters and the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, in addition to the dealership chargers. “We are also working with other organizations on a network of DC fast - chargers for cities and highways,” Zellmer said.

When we talked with folks at Porsche about introducing the Mission E here in the U.S., they acknowledged that charging infrastructure was a challenge the company must face head-on. "We have to work on our charging infrastructure [across] the nation, so that range anxiety — despite the fact that we have a bigger range than 300 miles — is not a barrier," Porsche Cars North America President and CEO Klaus Zellmer told us. Now we know a little more about that plan, as Zellmer told Automotive News that Porsche will build at least 500 fast chargers around the U.S. by the end of 2019.

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The company will equip all its dealerships with 800V fast chargers , among other plans. The Mission E is a sleek four-door that promises 600hp (447kW) and 310 miles ( 500 km) of range We also learned that Porsche and other members of the Volkswagen Group will build out a network of fast - charging However, Zellmer pointed out that the overwhelming majority of EV charging is happening at home.

“Charging infrastructure is an extremely important part of the EV experience as a whole,” Zellmer said in a statement. In addition to the dealership chargers, Porsche just installed six fast - charging stations at its U . S . headquarters and the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta.

The chargers will be located along highways and at Porsche dealerships. The automaker's 189 U.S. dealers will be asked to install at least one charger at each location, along with a battery to act as a buffer, storing energy from the grid for periods of high traffic. It's a bit of an ask, Zellmer admits. "It's not a minor cost," he told Automotive News. "It certainly is six-digit numbers that our dealers will have to take."

The chargers, though, will help alleviate range anxiety for owners who want to travel greater distances with their electric Porsches. The 800-volt chargers could recharge a Mission E to 80 percent capacity — or about 250 miles worth of driving range — in less than 20 minutes. With such quick charging times, having the chargers conveniently located will help break down the psychological barrier that keeps people from buying an EV, even if they would rarely surpass the car's 300-mile driving range.

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189 dealerships with 800-volt DC fast chargers ,” said Klaus Zellmer test cheating, Volkswagen, Porsche ’ s parent company, is also building a network of 2,800 DC fast chargers by June 2019. The Jaguar I-Pace, the carmaker’ s first electric vehicle, will start at , 500 in the United States; a

Steiner elaborated on the charging situation, mentioning building charging infrastructure in the U . S He said the automaker needs to focus fast charging where it’s needed. Even once cars can In terms of home charging, Zellmer said that the automaker will have set plans for educating consumers. If Porsche were able to field about 100 350kW chargers, they could satisfy the small number of buyers

While dealers would have the option to offer customers free charging, most drivers would likely have to pay for a fill-up. Zellmer said possibilities include buying a package or membership card that includes charging.

Porsche is in talks with ChargePoint, EVgo and Electrify America about building the other 300-plus chargers it plans for non-dealership locations by the end of next year.

Porsche plans to begin sales of its all-electric Mission E sedan in 2019. That will be followed in 2020 by an EV based on the Mission E Cross Turismo concept, a lifted wagon that debuted at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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They significantly cut down service times by letting Porsche's remote expert technicians see what the on-location mechanic is seeing.Porsche was an early adopter of the tech, releasing an app that lets you drive a little Mission E around your living room and even sit inside the virtual cockpit. Now, the company is bringing a somewhat more hardened experience to its dealerships through a system it calls Tech Live Look.

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