- Porsche has announced plans to launch its own EV charging stations across Europe.
- The airport lounge-style facilities are heated and cooled with fossil fuel-free heat pumps.
- The first charging lounge opens in Germany, with more to follow around central Europe.
Exclusive charging stops for electric Porsches
Porsche plans to open several Porsche Charging Lounges, integrating them into its current charging service. The first has made its debut in Bingen, Germany, giving us an idea of what we can expect from future EV charging stations.
The site combines wood, bright colours, and floor-to-ceiling windows, to create an airy atmosphere. The facility is partly charged by solar panels on the roof, much like we’ve seen in GRIDSERVE’s new Super Hub, while the rest of the energy comes from certified renewable sources. To keep the building cool during the summer, and warm during the winter, it makes use of a heat pump, negating the need for fossil fuels.
These will be available exclusively for those driving any Porsche plug-in hybrid or EV such as the Taycan. The site has six chargers capable of 300kW, moving up to 400kW in the future, allowing them to take full advantage of the rapid charging system on the Taycan lineup. Four slow-charging 22kW AC chargers are also available at the station, for longer stays. Pricing at its charging lounges will be capped to 33 cents/kWh.
Inside the building you’ll find coffee and snack machines, seating, magazines, and even a smart mirror that can guide you through fitness workouts and other ‘interactive Porsche content’.
“Porsche has mapped out an ambitious path towards electrification. [sic] 2030 we want over 80 per cent of the cars that we deliver to be all-electric. This ambitious ramp-up requires a high-performance and dense fast-charging network. The exclusive Porsche Charging Lounges are making an important contribution to this. They are a barrier-free, sustainable and state-of-the-art addition to the IONITY network.”
Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche
The company plans to open more charging lounges in both Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. There’s none coming to any other countries, at least for now. It remains to be seen whether the company will decide to open up these lounges for other EV drivers to use, if the pilot is a success.