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.