Porsche Built an Electric Cayman to Show Off “Porsche Turbo Charging”

“Porsche Turbo Charging” doesn’t have to do with turbochargers. It’s Porsche’s electric car charging system. And this concept Cayman does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds!

Porsche has built an electric Cayman show car to promote Porsche Turbo Charging, which is not the technology that makes the new GT2 RS so damn fast, but instead the manufacturer’s first ever accumulator-based fast charging system for electric cars. It’s capable of achieving a charging capacity of up to 320 kW per vehicle, or 160 kW each for a pair. What’s more, Porsche says “the system is to be used as a supplement to high-power fast charging network with medium voltage connection.”

Porsche’s charger at the Stuttgart airport, 2017. The new system will be battery-based. MÁTÉ PETRÁNY / ROAD&TRACK

The system is a collaborative development between Porsche Engineering and ADS-TEC, designed to be used “in areas where the distribution system is subject to power limitations.” But the fact that it can help out lower voltage networks will be even more important, as in Europe, the brand is on its way to building just such a system along major European routes by 2020 in a joint venture with Audi, BMW, Daimler and Ford.

The Cayman e-volution also previews a scaled-down version of the charging system set for production in the Mission E in 2020.

While the electric Cayman accelerates to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and offers a range of 124 miles, the Mission E will be capable of covering a range of over 310 miles, with a fast-charging system capable of bringing the battery to 80 percent in just 15 minutes. The Mission E will be based on Porsche’s new integrated EV platform, spawning a number of variants once Stuttgart enters the EV scene a little more than two years from now.


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