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Porsche rolls out 2.1-MWh charging trailers for Taycan track days

Porsche rolls out 2.1-MWh char...
Porsche's huge mobile charging station can charge up to 10 Taycan electric supercars simultaneously
Porsche's huge mobile charging station can charge up to 10 Taycan electric supercars simultaneously
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Porsche's huge mobile charging station can charge up to 10 Taycan electric supercars simultaneously
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Porsche's huge mobile charging station can charge up to 10 Taycan electric supercars simultaneously
The all-electric Taycan is now "firmly established in the driving program of the Porsche Track Experience"
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The all-electric Taycan is now "firmly established in the driving program of the Porsche Track Experience"
The mobile charging unit has an output power rating of 3.2 megawatts
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The mobile charging unit has an output power rating of 3.2 megawatts
Porsche currently has a fleet of seven mobile charging units for deployment at Track Experience events
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Porsche currently has a fleet of seven mobile charging units for deployment at Track Experience events
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Porsche has now made it easier for drivers to take its Taycan electric supercar for a spin at special track days, by developing its own monster battery pack on wheels that can charge up to 10 cars at once.

The Taycan was unleashed back in September last year, a month after the four-door electric zipped around the Nürburgring in seven minutes and 42 seconds. Other models have since been released, and the all-electric supercar has now joined the line-up at Track Experience events hosted by the company.

But Porsche says that the local infrastructure at such track days is not always up to the task of juicing up a number of Taycans simultaneously, so it came up with its own solution. Along with Germany's ads-tec, the company has developed a fleet of seven mobile charging trucks boasting a proprietary charging system and buffer storage unit.

"We have now used the trucks at numerous events all over Europe and have carried out around 5,000 charging operations – sometimes at extreme temperatures down to minus 40 degrees," said Director of Experiential Marketing, Ragnar Schulte. "Their performance has therefore been tried and tested."

Each trailer is home to 2.1 MWh of battery storage, with the output power rating being some 3.2 MW. Ten Taycans can be cabled up and charged at the same time, and the trailer has enough juice for 30 recharges in total before it needs some charging attention, and is "generally recharged with renewable power from the power grid."

In November, 2019, at a 3-week event in Portugal's Portimao for example, this shaped up as drawing what it needed directly from photovoltaic systems nearby. Porsche notes that under favorable conditions, a trailer can be fully charged and ready to rock in just four hours.

Source: Porsche

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7 comments
guzmanchinky
This is VERY cool, but I'm sure it takes quite some time to charge one, when you could just fill a gasoline version with fuel in minutes... I do truly look forward to the 5 minute battery someday very soon I hope...
aksdad
That's sooooo cute! All the baby Taycan's lined up nursing from their mother.
john Wordley
We need commercial units like this at service stations that use solar panels and off peak electricity to charge the bulk battery so EV drivers can get a fast charge (80%) and be on their way while not stressing or overloading the local grid at peak times. The layman doesn’t understand the difference between power in kW and energy in kWh. ‘Time’ is the killer with EV charging and what it does to the grid.
I bet Musk will have something like this soon for charging stations.
buzzclick
@aksdad...too funny!
ClaudioB
@aksdad that's exactly what I thought, as well.
It would've been even better if they had painted the "mother" with the famous Porsche 917/20 "Pink Pig" livery...
https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/history/917-20-sau-10894.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_917
ljaques
That looks fun! No, not the nursing, the going to a track and them letting you take out one of the silly little oversexed VWs.
WB
Who would still want a taycan .. with the Tesla Model Plaid costing 2/3rds of a taycan, having 1100hp 0 to 60mph in 0.9s, 510miles range... and on the track it would lead the porsche behind the barn...