Welcome to the EV blitzkrieg.
The Porsche Mission E Concept will soon be more than just a concept. Once the production-spec version arrives in 2019, customers, whom there’ll be no shortage of, will require a charging infrastructure. But instead of teaming up with, say, Tesla, Porsche, according to a report from Electrek, is planning its own network of superchargers. In fact, it has just installed its first two 350 kW chargers in Berlin. Specifically, they’re located at Porsche’s new office in Berlin-Adlershof, which is described as "one of the world’s most modern Porsche centers."
Also interesting about this office is that its intended purpose is to meet "the requirements of future electric vehicles," hence the 800-volt DC fast-charging station. Supposedly, this level of power is sufficient to charge the Mission E’s battery pack to about 80 percent in just 15 minutes. Perhaps what's most significant about the two charging port station is that it represents the beginning for Porsche: development of a Tesla rivaling ultra-fast-charging infrastructure is now underway. And remember, Porsche is part of the VW Group, currently the biggest automaker in the world. Making Dieselgate a thing of the past is the main goal at the moment, but VW’s ultimate objective is to dominate the EV market.
Will tiny, Silicon Valley-based Tesla be able to survive the upcoming German onslaught, despite everything it’s so far achieved? Not if VW has anything to do with it. Consider Porsche's two new EV chargers as start of its imminent onslaught.