Berlin to host Porsche’s super fast EV charger

Porsche’s new 800V charger has a 150kW charge rate, 30kW faster than the current Tesla models.
Published: Wed 19 Jul 2017

Porsche says the chargers, to be installed at its Berlin-Adlershof office, will be able to support up to a 350kW charge rate for its upcoming electric vehicle (EV), Mission E. This is in comparison to Tesla’s 120kW Supercharger.

This means that Porsche’s charger may be able to fill its new four-door sports vehicle to 80% capacity in only 15 minutes. Porsche’s charging station is supposed to be operational before the end of this year and its Mission E is due to be released by 2019.

Plans for new charging stations are already underway for the company’s US office in Atlanta.

Porsche to work with other EV makers to install chargers globally

Porsche wants to work with other EV car manufacturers to install the 350kW-supported chargers across Europe. In fact, the charger has been developed to charge various types of vehicles including Tesla’s (with an adaptor).

However, legislation around the e-mobility market needs to be fine tuned and standards have to be established before real development can take place.

There is a growing need for the harmonisation of system designs, technologies and communication protocols. Interoperability has to be applied throughout the whole system-from the EV to the energy source via the charging infrastructure and the smart grid. Harmonised industrial standards and test procedures will reduce trade and technical barriers and allow systems from different suppliers to work together, ensuring that all components communicate effectively.

To make the most of EV and smart grids, collaboration is required and to support this development, the US Department of Energy and the European Commission have created research facilities. The European Interoperability Centre for Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids combines four new, state-of-the-art laboratories, which bring together knowledge and test facilities in the areas of efficiency, hybrid exhaust emissions, electromagnetic compatibility, smart grids and battery testing. The European centre establishes a transatlantic bridge with its partner facility at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

Where chargers are installed and how their costs are shared amongst car manufacturers and consumers will be an ongoing issue over the next while as the mobility market moves towards being 100% electric.

According to a report compiled by the Dutch bank ING, fossil fuel-reliant vehicles in Europe will come to an end within 20 years. The bank says that the increase in EVs will come as a result of a drop in EV prices as well as government support. The report concludes that EVs will “become the rational choice for motorists in Europe.”

Porsche’s clean energy commitment

Porsche, further highlighting its commitment to clean energy and sustainability, has also installed a 25m high branded 'solar pylon' in front of its new Berlin office.

Covered in 8,000 solar cells contained in 260 solar panels, the pylon is expected to generate more than 30,000kWh of electricity annually, meeting the Porsche office’s energy needs.

Costing US$900,000 to build, the 88 ton pylon will be completed in 16 weeks.

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