To support the upcoming Mission E electric car, Porsche plans to install 500 fast chargers across the United States by the end of 2019. The 800-volt fast chargers will be installed at dealers and along highways to alleviate any range anxiety concerns that Mission E owners might have.
The production version of the Mission E is expected to arrive by the end of 2019, which will then be followed by a production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo concept in 2020. “If you want to buy that car, you want to know what happens if I go skiing and go further than 300 miles,” Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America told Automotive News. “What do I do? So we need to have answers for that.”
Porsche expects that 80-90 percent of the EV owners will charge their electric cars at home, but the fast chargers will help with extended trips. The fast chargers will recharge the batteries up to 80 percent in 20 minutes, but using them won’t be free.
“We are pretty certain that it’s not free of charge,” Zellmer stated. “It’s too early to talk about how exactly that payment process for customers will work. There are various opportunities. You could buy a package all included for the car. It could be a membership card that you use. We’re not quite there yet.”