How Porsche recharges electric Taycan at track-day events

Fleet of 10 trucks can feed energy to 10 EVs at the same time

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A Taycan undergoes recharging at the Hungaroring from one of the 10 special Porsche trucks | Porsche photos

Porsche likes to promote its new vehicles with track-day events, but this presented an issue when the company launched its all-electric Taycan model.

“Not everywhere provides the adequate infrastructure for charging the electric sports car en masse,” the company said in revealing its solution: A fleet of high-power charging trucks, each capable of recharging the batteries of as many as 30 electric cars.

The units had their official debut recently when Porsche staged a “Soul on Track” experience the Hungaroring track in Budapest, inviting potential customers the opportunity to test drive the Taycan on the racing circuit.

“Such driving events present organizers with a particular challenge, however: when a large number of Taycan cars need to be charged quickly and simultaneously, the local infrastructure isn’t always up to the job,” Porsche said. 

“Without a satisfactory solution on the market, Porsche wasted no time in creating its own. Along with its partner in the project – the German company ‘ads-tec’ – it has produced seven mobile charging trucks with a proprietary charging system and buffer storage unit.”

Each of the 10 trailers has enough capacity to recharge 30 cars

Each of the trailers reportedly has a power rating of 3.2 megawatts so 10 cars can be recharged at the same time, at with high-speed recharging. Each truck has the capacity to re-energize 30 cars before the truck batteries themselves need recharging. That is done from the electrical grid. Each truck’s massive battery packs can be recharged in 4 hours.

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Porsche began using the trucks in late 2019 but only now has done a news release about them.

“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 Ragnar Schulte, director of experiential marketing for Porsche. “Their performance has therefore been tried and tested.”

One of the trucks in use at the Hungaroring
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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