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The onboard charger for the Porsche Taycan cuts charging times by almost half

The onboard charger for the Porsche Taycan cuts charging times by almost half

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The more people experience electric vehicles, the more uncertainty about topics such as range and driving experience will dissipate. Even affordable electric vehicles offer a range of over 250 miles. But there’s one area where all EVs could use improvement: charging times.

Today’s fastest-charging EVs include the GMC Hummer, Lucid Air, and Porsche Taycan, which can charge 10 or more miles per minute. Plugging in at home results in slow charging times even with these vehicles. Therefore, Porsche has developed a solution to double the amount of power that the Taycan can receive.

The upgrade from Porsche brings a 19.2 kW on-board charger. Installation includes replacing the charger and associated wiring located behind the front bezel. Owners of the 2020 Taycan will get the Plug and Charge feature previously only available on 2021 and newer cars. Owners can access the function with their My Porsche account.

The catch: buyers must also purchase the 19.2 kW Wall Charger Connect from Porsche in order to “take full advantage of the increased performance”. The $1,586 wall box must be hardwired directly into a 100-amp circuit, but can be adapted for lower-capacity circuits.

For comparison purposes, Level 1 charging at home uses a standard household plug on a 110-volt circuit, and some EVs with large batteries, like the Ford F-150 Lightning, can take days — in this case, 67 hours — to charge they are fully charged at such a trickle. Level 2 charging on a 240-volt circuit is significantly faster, typically five to six times, but the 9.6 kW onboard charger that comes standard with the Taycan still takes several hours to charge to reach full charge.

Cars equipped with the Taycan’s new Performance Battery option can charge from zero to 100 percent in 4.8 hours, versus 9.5 hours via the previous standard onboard charger. Cars with the Performance Battery Plus can be fully charged in 5.3 hours, up from 10.5 before.

Taycan owners can view charging status on the 5-inch touchscreen, and the device is equipped with Wi-Fi for over-the-air updates.

Those stats are impressive, especially when you consider that many high-end home chargers are well under 100 amps, and many cost a lot more than Porsche’s charger. The $1,850 hardware upgrade is available for all Taycan models. Porsche says the installation takes 12 labor hours. Customers can select the feature as an option for new car bodies.

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