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Great Scott! 1.21 Gigawatts of Charging Power for Porsche Taycan Drivers

Porsche drivers’ available charging network capacity has reached the critical Back to the Future power threshold.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

October 22, 2021

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The Volkswagen Group-backed Electrify America and Ionity (in Europe) charging networks that support the Porsche Taycan’s 800-volt, 270-kilowatt charging capability have now reached a total charging capacity of 1.21 gigawatts.

Sci-fi movie fans will recall that this was the crucial threshold power level required for Doc Brown’s time-traveling DeLorean in Back to the Future.

The networks include 670 Electrify America and 370 Ionity locations containing more than 4,800 chargers to reach this mind-boggling power level without the necessity of foreknowledge of when lightning will strike to provide such power.

Instead of rigging a lightning rod on the clock tower, Porsche Taycan drivers can boost their cars’ battery packs from 5 percent to 80 percent in 22 minutes using a 270 kW DC fast charger on either of these networks.

Taycan owners get free 30-minute charges on these networks for the first three years of ownership, leaving open the possibility that future cheapskate owners may still opt to try for a free lightning strike recharge.

In commemoration of this milestone charging capacity, Porsche commissioned a short video demonstrating the connection between Marty McFly’s DeLorean and the refined Taycan, now piloted by Hill Valley mayor Goldie Wilson, portrayed by actor Donald Fullilove.

Related:Bill Nye Explains the Porsche Taycan’s Electric Tech in 5 Fun Videos


About the Author(s)

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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