PORSCHE’S TESLA-FIGHTING ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR GETS ITS OWN SUPERCHARGER NETWORK
With increasing awareness of global warming and the effects of greenhouse gases, every industry is crafting green designs. The automobile industry is no exception to this. From Porsche, Tesla, Jaguar to Audi, every company in the automobile industry is gearing up for introducing electric sports cars for environment conscious customers.
Porsche And Tesla
Porsche is planning to launch Mission E electric sedan as an answer to the introduction of Tesla’s Model S. It is will launched by the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. The five-seater sedan by Porsche can go from zero to 60 in just 3.5 seconds and run 310 miles on a single charge. It comes with swooping low profile roof, sharp attractive headlights, and Panamera-like rear design. Still, this does not address being stranded in the middle of the road due to lack of charging stations in every country.
Importance Of Charging Stations
Lack of a proper network of charging stations makes electric sports car drivers anxious. This happens because they are dubious if their car would take them to their desired destination with charge in their car’s battery. They are afraid to be stranded on the road with no idea about the location of the nearest charging station. Therefore, many drivers prefer fuel driven cars due to the presence of filling stations on every street and corner. To tackle this issue Porsche has provided Mission E with a feature of adding 250 miles of range within 20 minutes of charging their batteries.
Tackling The Issue
Porsche identified this crisis of lack of availability of charging stations. Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche hence decided to equip all their 189 dealerships with 800-volt DC superchargers in North America. Although it is not as easy and simple as pumping gas, it can promise a better road trip experience for Mission E drivers. Furthermore, Porsche has 95-kWh battery placed under its floor for providing the car with a
Just like Porsche, Tesla recognized the value of establishing strong supercharger network way back in the year 2012. They constructed a nationwide network of fast charging stations along the major highways for enabling long road trips. They entailed 40 mins stop after a few hundred miles but established selling points for drivers who were not familiar with driving electric cars. Tesla also introduced a navigation system which mapped routes along the Supercharger stations. It also alerted drivers when it was time to recharge the batteries. This makes Tesla much more reliable as their electric cars can get you where you intend to go.
Availability of supercharger network definitely gives Tesla an upper hand on other automobile companies. Companies like Chevy and Nissan do provide charging networks through private organizations like Chargepoint, AeroVironment, and eVgo. But these are proprietary networks and hence drivers have to be ready with the smart card, apps, credit cards, so as to charge. These smart cards and applications are hard to find. Also, drivers have to plan and navigate to the stations through their smart phones