Electrify America network at full strength after brief fast-charger shutdown

Andrew Cummings
January 30, 2019

Each of these stations will have at least five places to plug in, and some will have as many as 10. When these 350-kilowatt chargers are ready, they'll be able to feed 62 miles of range into the Taycan's battery in four minutes, though the upcoming 450-kw chargers will do the same in just three.

It won't just be Electrify America points that Taycan drivers can use, however. The charging time is expected to be considered as the most important factor and fast charging will be used as a tool to market the cars.

By July 1, Electrify America expects to operate 484 charging sites nationwide, located 70 miles apart on average.


That's because on Friday, Electrify America made a decision to shut down all of its charging connectors that can run up to 150-kw and 350-kw on the CCS (Combo) standard.

Porsche dealers will invest around $70 million to install fast-charging stations at the automaker's 191 US dealerships.

"Every Porsche is a sports vehicle with soul, and the Taycan is soul electrified".


Funded by the financial settlement from Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal, Electrify America is the United States' fastest-growing charging network, and the biggest outside of Tesla's Supercharger network.

"Every Porsche is a sports auto with soul, and the Taycan is soul electrified", said Klaus Zellmer, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. It is believed the Model 3 is capable of using higher power chargers and the company may have other news regarding its Model S and Model X vehicles pending after it stopped taking orders for those cars equipped with the 75 kW battery recently. The remaining question will be whether Porsche Taycan owners try to use the Electrify America network for their daily charging needs, something early Tesla owners liked to do until Elon put the kibosh on the practice.

The automaker says it will soon reveal a fast charging unit that can be installed in private homes and garages. The report claims that the charging rate is faster than what Tesla owners can achieve at the supercharging stations, which are rated at 120 kW. The others will get 50 kW chargers. More of Porsche's own charging stations are expected to be installed at the PEC in Los Angeles, CA in the near future.


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