Porsche Installs Ultra-Fast Chargers for Mission E
Ready or not, Porsche lays the framework for its electric vehicles by installing high-speed electric car chargers.
Every automaker is looking towards electric vehicles as the way to solve strict emissions regulations around the world. Even Porsche is working on an electric car, the highly-anticipated and upcoming Mission E, that’s expected to come out in 2019. Before that car arrives, the German automaker is hoping to lay down the proper framework, which starts with electric chargers.
According to a report by Electrek, Porsche recently installed incredibly-fast 800-volt chargers at a new office in Berlin. The new chargers can, as the outlet claims, charge an electric vehicle at a rate of 150 kW, which, for the record, is faster than what Tesla’s Supercharger can muster – they have a charge rate of 120 kW. The real kicker, though, is that Porsche will be able to increase the charge rate to 350 kW in the near future.
Electrek claims that at that rate, an owner could charge the upcoming Mission E to 80 percent in just 15 minutes. That’s a game changer. But it doesn’t stop there, as the automaker has plans for an additional high-speed charging station at its American headquarters in Atlanta, claims the outlet. Before the Mission E rolls out, Porsche plans to have a lot more chargers readily available for owners to use.
The new building in Berlin features “state-of-the-art maintenance and repair facilities,” states Electrek, which includes a 25-meter high “solar pylon” that can generate electricity on its own. Porsche, as the outlet reports, states that the new facility is “geared to the requirements of future electric vehicles.”
Setting up charging stations before the release of the Mission E is a smart idea on Porsche’s part, as leaving new owners high and dry would surely result in some irate owners. While the new charging stations wouldn’t allow owners to fill up as quickly as a regular gas station, getting 80 percent of a car’s range in just 15 minutes makes electric cars more attractive.