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Some critics of the new Porsche Taycan (or fans of Tesla) have said that Porsche doesn’t have the charging infrastructure that Tesla does. And without it, how can Porsche hope to compete with Tesla?

Good question.

This is particularly relevant as the Taycan doesn’t have the range of the Tesla Model S. Instead the car is built with a faster charging capability. So with 310 miles of range, it can recharged 248 miles in 15 minutes. So a lower batter capacity it offset by a better charge time and, presumably, lots of chargers.

To date, Tesla has 1,261 charger stations with over 10,000 individual chargers. A far cry from the 8 Tesla started with back in 2012.

It’s clear that Porsche has some catching up to do. But it won’t take long to catch up, and with Porsche sharing the same chargers as most every other OEM, the rollout will be fast. Very fast.

Porsche is working with Electrify America, which will have 900 stations across the US by mid-2019. Each of these stations will have multiple charging ports, adding up to 5,000 individual charging ports. In other words, six months before the Taycan hits dealers, Porsche will have half the infrastructure that Tesla does.

Many of these stations will include the DC Fast EV charging stations, capable of the 350kW charge that the Taycan can handle.

The plan is to roll these out in high traffic corridors across 39 states, including two cross-country routes, to enable long-distance travel. Each of these sites will be no more than 120 miles from another one and on major East and West coast highways the distance between stations will be just 70 miles.

Adding even more to this network will be charging stations installed at all of Porsche’s 191 US dealerships. Of those 120 will include the 350 kW fast chargers.

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It is looking like with new stations that are being put in place, that companies are moving away from brand/model specific configurations. With more universal options being placed there are probably even networks outside of Electrify America that will end up being compatible on the Taycan.
 

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i'm really after destination based chargers, having seen what Tesla has done in that respect.
Even at parkades that have chargers from more independent companies play with that destination idea in ways that make so much sense. Hopefully Porsche worked in enough of that into their strategy.
 

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I don't see any new EV manufacturer doing destination chargers like Tesla. They will rely on the growing numbers of public chargers to handle demand. Tesla did the destination charger program because there weren't enough charging infrastructure to support Teslas back in the day.
 

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I don't see any new EV manufacturer doing destination chargers like Tesla. They will rely on the growing numbers of public chargers to handle demand. Tesla did the destination charger program because there weren't enough charging infrastructure to support Teslas back in the day.
I think for Porsche it's as much of a marketing message. With less range than Tesla, they offer better recharge times.... so then you need a good network to support it.

The Electrify America network is shared, so it should expand rapidly.

Porsche is actually claiming those 5,000 chargers by Q2, so give it another 6 months and there will be even more.
 
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