Tesla, for context, had 443 Superchargers within the US as of November 2017.
To nobody’s shock, Zellmer famous that it is “pretty certain” these chargers will price cash. Porsche hasn’t sorted out the enterprise mannequin, the exec mentioned, however it’s not essentially locked to a pay-per-charge mannequin. You may have a membership card, for example, or an all-inclusive package deal. Dealerships may additionally supply free charging to reel in prospects. In the long term, Porsche can also be taking a look at chargers close to the locations you’d look forward to finding Porsches, akin to golf programs and inns. These ‘bonus’ areas would not must have quick charging, although.
The charger arrays will probably be costly — Zellmer warned of “six-digit” prices for sellers. Porsche is not going into this alone, although, because it has three potential companions (ChargePoint, EVgo and VW’s Electrify America) in thoughts for constructing the non-dealership areas.
This will not essentially be nice information for the automotive world. EV charging is already difficult because of a mixture of codecs and speeds, and this dangers making a future the place your alternative of automotive regularly limits the place you prime up. Even so, it is exhausting to disclaim the attract of a community that just about eliminates the ache of gradual charging — chances are you’ll be extra more likely to ditch your gas-powered 911 or Macan if you understand you will not have to attend hours to get a full battery.