Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle, the Mission E, is coming relatively soon and aside from the vehicle itself, it’s exciting because it will come with the deployment of the German automaker’s new ultra-fast 800-volt charging technology.
After building the first station in Germany, we learn that they are now bringing them to the US.
When Porsche unveiled the Mission E, they claimed that it was capable of supporting a 350 kW charging rate, which could charge up the Mission E’s battery pack to 80% in about 15 minutes. They also said that they were working for the ultra fast-charging infrastructure to also work with Tesla and other EVs.
The first of those stations capable of supporting that charge rate went up in Berlin in July.
At the time, they said that they would also bring the same system to the US and now we learn that they obtained a building permit at their headquarters in Atlanta to build the station.
Buildzoom released the permit, which shows that they are building 6 stations for an estimated cost of $96,800:In Europe, they have been using the CCS connector and it’s expected to be the same in the US since it’s the main standard to support fast-charging up to 350 kW.
Here the first station in Berlin-Adlershof (Porsche’s level 2 charger on the left and the new 350 kW charger on the right):
Porsche claims that the system deployed in the first stations already has the backend to support 350 kW charge rate, but it can currently charge at 50 to 150 kW until vehicles can support higher charge rates. They had to develop a new transformer in order to support the charge points.
The new station in Atlanta is going to be one of the first with this much power in the US.
Earlier this year, EVgo and ABB built the first ‘High-Power fast-charging station’ (150-350 kW) in the US. More stations with similar charging capacities are expected to hit the market soon.
ChargePoint unveiled its 400 kW charging technology earlier this year. The company is one of EVgo’s biggest competitors and they are expected to track the deployment of those stations closely to EVgo’s own system.
Additionally, 5 major automakers announced that they joined forces to deploy 400 ultra-fast (350 kW) charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe. Those stations should start being installed in the coming months.
And finally, Tesla is also expected to eventually release the “version 3” of its Superchargers. Elon Musk hinted that it will put 350 kW to shame, but there’s no clear timeline at this point for the release of the technology