Will this innovation finally get people on the EV bandwagon?
Electric vehicles have many benefits, but there's one glaring set back that puts many people off buying one: slow recharge time. Filling up a gas-engine car takes just a few minutes but charging an EV on a normal household outlet can take hours. For some, the convenience of quickly filling up with gas is just too great to switch to an EV. But what if charging an EV was just as convenient as stopping to fill up with gas?
Automakers have been working on improving charge times for EVs, bringing it down to just a few minutes instead of a few hours. In preparation for its first EV, the Taycan, Porsche has been working on its own fast-charging network including charging bays at dealerships. Now, Porsche has announced a new ultra-fast charging technology, which could potentially change how people view EVs.
This ultra-fast charger was developed as part of the "FastCharge" research project, which was initiated in 2016 and funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Europe. Porsche has worked with BMW and several other companies including Allego, Phoenix Contact E-Mobility, and Siemens, to develop this ground-breaking new charging technology.
The prototype charging station reportedly has an output of up to 450 kW. When tested with a Porsche research vehicle with a battery capacity of 90 kWh, the station achieved a charging capacity of more than 400 kW. Those sound like some fancy schmancy numbers, so what does this actually mean in terms of added range? The prototype was able to gain 100 kilometers of range in just three minutes of charging.
Yes, we know 62 miles of range may not be anywhere near a full charge for most modern EVs, but being able to provide more than most people's average daily commute in less than three minutes could be a game changer for EV makers.
Since this was a joint project, the charger can be used by all brands using the Europe type 2 variant of the world-wide Combined Charging System (CCS). The prototype was installed in Jettingen-Scheppach, near the A8 between Ulm and Augsburg, where it can now be used free of charge.