And it's not the ludicrosity or sustainability of the Taycan's power
What I actually think is amazing is its 800v architecture. Sounds boring, yes? But it has so much potential going for it. Here's why:
Being the first production car to be equipped with this architecture, not only does it allow for thinner cables, it also allows for a higher theoretical charge rate. And that's important because charging times is one of the biggest beef consumers have with electric cars. If car manufacturers solve the issue of charge time, people wouldn't really mind with a slightly dismal driving range especially when fast charging stations begin to pop up everywhere. Think about it, why do we rarely hear about complaints of a small fuel tank? Because it's fast and easy to refuel, duh.
Porsche claims that with the new 800v architecture, the Taycan is currently capable of accepting charge at a rate of up to 270kw. At that speed, 5 - 80 percent of charge can be done in 22.5 minutes. Not quite 5 minute refuelling fast but its definitely faster than other makes (with the exception of Tesla rolling out V3 supercharging of course).
But this is Porsche we're talking about. Perfect ain't perfect enough. This is why they're currently testing charge rates of 400-500kw. They claim that just 3 minutes will give you 100km of added range; now that sounds more like it.
Not only is this good news for the future of electric cars, it also tells us that maybe we need a rethink on how charging stations should be laid out. Here's the current problem, EVs are a growing market and to cope with that growth we need to build more charging stations with more stalls. Imagine you're third in line to a charge point, if each car takes 30 minutes to charge you're looking at waiting there for 1.5hours just to complete charging your car.
Tesla gets around this problem by simply increasing the number of stalls in an often crowded station like this station which has 40 superchargers! When have you seen a gas station with 40 gas pumps or bowsers?
The other way which Porsche seems to be betting on is by increasing the charge speeds. Instead of each car spending 30 minutes they only need to spend 5-10. This means less time spent on charging, more cars coming and going, negating the need to install double digit amounts of chargers in each station. It also means stations take up less space and can be placed in denser cities, costs of making these stations are less because they require fewer chargers which allows more stations which allow further travel.
There will come a time when charging an EV will be very similar to refuelling a car ironically, albeit you can make phone calls.