Porsche Joins with Manufacturer Colleagues to Create an Ultra-fast, High-power Charging Network across Europe
Porsche has come together with BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi in a venture to create the highest-powered EV charging network in Europe. The aim of the scheme is to build a sizable number of charging stations to enable long-range, battery-powered travel around the continent, increasing the viability of mass-market battery-powered electric vehicles – a goal for all of the manufacturers involved.
The projected ultra-fast charging network with power levels up to 350 kW, based on Combined Charging System standard technology, will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. The build-up is planned to start in 2017. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020 the customers should have access to thousands of brand-independent high-powered charging points.
“There are two decisive aspects for us: ultra-fast charging and placing the charging stations in the right places”, says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Together, these two factors will enable us to travel in an all-electrically powered car with the same convenience as a conventional combustion engine vehicle. As automobile manufacturers, we actively shape our future, not only by developing all-electrically powered vehicles but by building the necessary infrastructure as well.”
Porsche’s EV Future
Porsche already offers a range of hybrid vehicles which, it is keen to stress, use technology trickled-down from the highly successful 919 Hybrid racing car. Most recently the brand released details of the new Panamera E-Hybrid – a much improved version of the previous generation car. With plug-in charging available, the new E-Hybrid utilises a 136hp electric motor which not only assists the twin-turbo V6 petrol engine in reducing emissions and fuel consumption, but also offers a real-world range of around 30 miles at a maximum speed of 87mph.
This, alongside the plug-in hybrid Cayenne, is only the beginning of Porsche’s foray into electronically-powered road vehicles. In early 2015 Porsche gave the green light to the Mission E project which aims to create a cat that combines outstanding driving performance with day-to-day practicality. The four-door concept car with four individual seats has a system power output of over 590hp, offering 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and a range of over 320 miles.
When details of the project were revealed at the 2014 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche made a lot of noise about a new super-fast charging system that would see 80% range achieved in 15 minutes. It’s fair to expect that the Mission E will be at the forefront of the manufacturer’s mind with regards this new charging network scheme.