Porsche plans 500 fast-charging stations across US

Porsche plans 500 fast chargers in US by end of 2019

Porsche plans 500 fast chargers in US by end of 2019

The automaker doesn't want potential owners to worry about a lack of charging infrastructure so plans to install at least 500 fast chargers at popular spots in the United States, including at its 189 dealerships and some highway stops.

The information was revealed to Automotive News by Porsche's local boss Klaus Zellmer in an interview published Monday.

Zellmer confirmed that the process has already started and that a third-party vendor has been visiting the sites and dealerships in order to prepare for the deployment, which they aim to be completed by the second half of 2019 - just when Porsche is expected to start producing the Mission E, its first all-electric vehicle.

"If you want to buy that vehicle, you want to know what happens if I go skiing and go further than 300 miles", Zellmer told Automotive News. "What do I do? So we need to have answers for that".

According to the report, Porsche is considering requiring payment for the use of the chargers not at dealerships - it's up to the independent dealership if they require payment for use of the chargers. Tesla charges a flat rate $0.26 per kWh in California, while in MI the cost is $0.24 per minute above 60 kW and $0.12 per minute at or below 60 kW.

The company will also not pay to have chargers installed at dealerships and they will be able to decide if they want to put up the cost for installing them.

He said that 500 stations will be installed in the USA at their dealerships (189 of them) and the rest will cover highways around the country.

Unlike Tesla's Supercharger network, Porsche's fast chargers won't be free.