Fast-charging stations opened at Berlin HQ, as Stuttgart prepares for electric drive production
Porsche may not be releasing its all-electric Mission E until 2019, but it looks to be working hard to make sure there is sufficient charging infrastructure for when it does.
In addition to two standard level-2 stations, two 800V fast-charging points have been installed at the company’s new offices in Berlin-Adlershof, which the company says are capable of charging at rates of up to 350kW. If the hype is to be believed, such a system could recharge a Mission E to 80% capacity in around 15 minutes.
Those are also fed by another striking piece of energy infrastructure: a 25m high “solar pylon” which reportedly delivers enough power for the entire site. The structure uses almost 8,000 solar cells and will produce around 30 MWh per year. Whether that justified the 800,000 euro pricetag is up for debate, but it does illustrate the potential for on-site energy production (if you only need to charge four cars at once).
It comes during a busy week for Porsche in support of the Mission E. On July 13 the Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann met with company board executives at its Stuttgart headquarters. Discussions included how its Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen site might be prepared for the future and the direction of the company in terms of electric mobility.
During his visit, the Minister-President also saw part of the pilot production phase for Porsche electric drives.
Chairman of the Executive Board Oliver Blume noted that: “Preparations for the production of our first purely electric vehicles are progressing at full speed and are right on schedule. Sustainability is particularly important to us during the production stage. Our aim is to produce the Mission E in a way that is CO2-neutral. In doing so, we’re making a clear statement at our Baden-Württemberg site.”