I could understand this article five years ago, but to read today that Porsche is still looking for conviction to build all electric cars is just mind-boggling. I guess, it is difficult to admit to its shareholders that VW group has wasted billions of dollars on Hydrogen with other German auto-makers and still promoting "Clean Diesel, which is killing us all with horrible air pollution.
So this "Tesla Killer" - Porsche Mission E could be produced within five years time and Porsche is calling for the new charging standard. I guess someone should wake them up and in between of rounds of golf and napping they can check this Map of Tesla's Supercharging Network in Europe. Tesla can be charged within 20 minutes up to 80% of its lithium battery capacity. I think that it is just enough and Porsche can just join Tesla with other German automakers and invest in expanding Tesla Superchargers Network if they are for real in our Electric rEVolution. Later all this network can be upgraded if this 5 minutes saving time will become so crucial. We do not ask you for apologies with harakiri to follow for the "Clean Diesel" - just do not treat everybody like total idiots. GMO is taking its toll, but we are still fighting and some still can even read. Just come clean finally and move on into EVs for real and join disruption or be disrupted.
Tesla Motors has rolled out its Supercharger network in Europe with unbelievable speed and now you can travel pretty much all over Europe free of charge! We have one more reason to dump the pump. Tesla stands on its own with its luxury green style proposition, but sales of all EVs in Europe are rising - we are moving fast in the post carbon society now. Read more.
The short answer: All cars will be electric and the rest is history. If you like some details you are welcome! Read more.
But Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche's research and development chief, says such a car could be in production within five years. He also thinks the car's new charging standard could be the answer to allow such vehicles to be truly practical.
He has just returned from a world tour trying to convince sceptics in government, parts suppliers and rivals of the merits of including this super-high voltage standard, which Porsche calls TurboCharging, in all new charging stations. Using such a voltage, the Mission E can be recharged to about 80 per cent of its capacity in 15 minutes.
Hatz says that investors in recharging stations are looking to get a high turnover of vehicles, which 800V charging would help with because it is about twice as fast as the current 400V superchargers. "This would be a win/win," says Hatz, adding that the additional investment to put in a two-stage quick charging at 400 and 800 volts is "a small amount extra".
He says that the sort of investment to put such turbochargers across the European Union would be between €100 and €200 million (£73 million to £146 million). "For Porsche this is big," he says, "but if we [car makers] got together it would be easy and maybe over the next 10 to 15 years it could be done. The business model is there."
Hatz says that he has received a positive reception from other German car makers, energy companies and industry bodies. "They can all see the point immediately," he says. "Maybe we can do it for ourselves."
One of the two things that General Motors's engineers learned from their retired colleagues who had worked on the EV1 battery-electric supercar in the Nineties was that the customer experience had to be simple and cable charging should be common across the industry or customers simply wouldn't recharge their cars.
With each manufacturer coming up with its own charging solutions, the plethora of different plugs, voltages and cables around which confuses us - so what chance do prospective customers stand?"