Porsche has already made plans to double the annual production of its first electric luxury sedan from 20,000 units to 40,000, a year before the first Taycan is delivered to customers. In effect, the automaker is expecting the Taycan to outsell the 911 itself — a scenario still difficult to process even if the 911 had been upstaged by other models for years when it comes to sales. But the move to expand production, which is expected to begin in late 2019, also reflects something else besides demand: The automaker believes that the advanced features of the Taycan, including fast charging capabilities, will guarantee immediate success in the marketplace even if EVs themselves still account for a small fraction of the market.
One feature that Porsche is counting on to ensure that the Taycan surges ahead of Tesla models is charging time: The Taycan will be able to gain over 60 miles of range in just four minutes. Porsche’s own DC charging system, dubbed Porsche Turbo Charging, will use the CCS connector and will deliver up to 320 kilowatts — 120 Porsche dealers across the country will feature these stations, while 71 other dealerships will offer 50 kilowatt fast chargers.
These plans are all fine on paper, but where will Porsche and its corporate siblings Audi and Volkswagen actually juice up all these cars?