Porsche has launched the inaugural station in its planned series of electric vehicle charging sites, exclusively designed for Porsche users, earlier this week.
The station, dubbed the Porsche Charging Lounge, is strategically situated near Bingen, Germany, chosen due to its advantageous location near the bustling junction of Autobahns A60 and A61. The company plans to expand its station locations in Germany, and branch out into Austria and Switzerland as well.
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Last year, Lutz Meschke, Porsche’s Chief Financial Officer, revealed the automaker’s plans for this network, stating that the possibility of introducing it in the U.S. and China was being explored. As of now, Porsche provides its U.S. customers with free charging at Electrify America stations and has been incorporating charging infrastructure at its dealerships.
Audi and Mercedes-Benz are also assessing their own charging station networks. However, Mercedes-Benz intends to make its stations publicly accessible, offering priority to its customers by allowing them to book charging slots.
Porsche Charging Lounge, Germany
The Bingen-based site features six DC fast-charging units, each capable of delivering up to 300 kW of charging, along with four 22-kW AC charging points. Porsche is planning to facilitate 400-kW charging from the next year onward. The station is capable of charging both electric and plug-in hybrid models.
The charging station also incorporates an air-conditioned lounge equipped with restrooms, interactive displays featuring Porsche-centric content, and vending machines offering refreshments. The Porsche Charging Service manages the charging and billing process, with the current electricity price set at 0.33 euros (approximately $0.36) per kWh. This service also allows access to over 436,000 public charging points across Europe, including more than 25,000 DC fast-chargers, as per Porsche.
Porsche, being a part of the Ionity network of charging stations through its parent group, Volkswagen, has been setting up AC charging points at upscale destinations favored by its customers. These installations span over 86 countries, with more than 5,000 in place, expected to increase to 7,500 by the end of 2025.
This unveiling coincides with the announcement made by seven major automakers about their partnership to establish a network of DC fast-charging stations across North America, with the first station expected to be operational in the U.S. by mid-2024.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Porsche EV Charging Station
Where is Porsche’s first dedicated EV charging station located?
The first Porsche EV charging station, known as the Porsche Charging Lounge, is located near Bingen, Germany, close to the junction of the busy A60 and A61 Autobahns.
What unique features does the Porsche Charging Lounge offer?
Apart from the charging points, the Porsche Charging Lounge provides an air-conditioned lounge equipped with restrooms, interactive displays featuring Porsche-centric content, and vending machines offering refreshments.
What are the future expansion plans for Porsche’s charging station network?
Porsche plans to expand its charging station network within Germany and also branch out into Austria and Switzerland. Investigations are also underway for possible expansions in the U.S. and China.
What types of charging points does the Porsche Charging Lounge feature?
The Porsche Charging Lounge features six DC fast-charging units each capable of delivering up to 300 kW of charging, and four 22-kW AC charging points. Porsche also plans to facilitate 400-kW charging from the next year onward.
How is billing handled at the Porsche Charging Lounge?
Charging and billing at the Porsche Charging Lounge is managed via the Porsche Charging Service, with the current electricity price set at 0.33 euros (approximately $0.36) per kWh.
Can non-Porsche electric vehicles use the Porsche Charging Lounge?
As of now, the Porsche Charging Lounge is exclusively for Porsche owners. However, through the Porsche Charging Service, users have access to more than 436,000 public charging points across Europe.
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