A new Porsche electric car prototype has achieved a new record charge rate of 400 kW at a new upgraded ‘ultra-high-power’ station as part of the “FastCharge” consortium.
We reported on the project last year when BMW announced that it is leading the ‘FastCharge’ consortium in partnership with other companies, like Porsche, Allego, Siemens and others.
The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure supports the project with a € 7.8 million grant, which is interestingly supervised by the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Organization.
At the time, they said that the bulk of their research will focus on improving charging rates using the existing Combined Charging System, but at a voltage of 900 volts and an amplitude of 500 amperes for a charge rate of 450 kW.
Porsche is already pioneering a 350 kW charge rate that will be first available in the Taycan next year, but they announced today that they achieved a 400 kW charge on a test vehicle at the FastCharge’s test charging station with an output of up to 450 kW yesterday in Jettingen-Scheppach, located near the A8 motorway between Ulm and Augsburg.
BMW also brought an i3 to the charging station, but it wasn’t able to take that charge rate. They used it to demonstrate how the station can switch to 400v charging.
The BMW i3 test vehicle, which was apparently equipped with a 57 KWh battery pack, achieved a 10-80 % SOC in only 15 minutes.