The carmaker has also announced that it's working on better batteries.
If you're an automaker wanting to gain a significant edge in the electric vehicle market, investing in innovative battery technology isn't a bad place to start. But more than just enabling a longer range or better performance, modern batteries also need to leave a smaller carbon footprint when being produced. General Motors is working on lithium-metal batteries that will be cheaper to produce and provide a range of 600 miles, and Porsche now has its own plans to develop batteries that use silicon in place of graphite nodes, specifically with regards to the battery's cell chemistry. This both improves energy density and enables faster charging.
"Our electrified high-performance sports and racing cars place the highest demands on battery technology," explained Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. "To meet these demands, Porsche needs special high-performance cells. Silicon has potential."
At first, the batteries using silicon will be employed in low-volume, high-performance cars and even in customer motorsport. Porsche also aims to reduce the energy-intensive production of batteries; in a decade, the company says that batteries will be 90 percent recyclable. This will help Porsche achieve what it refers to as "a CO2-neutral balance sheet throughout the entire balance chain in 2030."
As a direct benefit to its customers, Porsche has also announced that it aims to launch its own fast-charging stations along major European routes. Taycan drivers will be glad to hear that these won't be any ordinary charging stations, though. They'll include lounge areas with self-service facilities for drivers to wait while their vehicles are being charged; access will be limited to Porsche customers via their smartphones. Porsche says that these charging stations will have a capacity of 350 kW or more, with up to 12 charging points per station. "We will select attractive locations for these in order to offer our customers the most comfortable and fastest long-distance travel experience possible," said Blume.