Audi and Porsche have been sharing nicely, as of late. Between engines and architecture, the two brands actually have quite a bit in common. They will even share an electric-vehicle platform on which they will both build their own electric cars. Which brings us conveniently to the Porsche Taycan, formerly known as the Mission E. The Taycan will be Porsche’s all-electric super sedan and its calling card is its ability to take advantage of 800-volt charging technology, capable of charging it up about 75-percent in just 20 minutes. While those sorts of charging stations aren’t really available to the public, Porsche plans to make a network of them. Could the Audi e-tron share those, too?
If I’m on the board of the Volkswagen Group, I’m telling Porsche to share with Audi on this. Reason being is that charging is the most difficult obstacle to hurdle for automakers. Range isn’t as much of a problem if you can easily, and quickly, charge it back up again. And with the entire VW Group looking a bit dirty to the public, after its rough diesel scandal, having all of its brands capable of fast charging would be a huge move for the German Giant.
Admittedly, the Audi e-tron doesn’t have the capability for such 800-volt charging. But that doesn’t mean it can’t. That’s another tech that Audi should borrow from Porsche. The Audi e-tron is capable of about 245 miles of total range, which is actually quite good. But it’s still not enough if you want to take a long road trip. However, it’s more than enough if you can charge it back to full in a half hour.
Most of these 800-volt Porsche charging stations will be located at dealerships, with Porsche claiming that there will be 500 of them in the US next year. While a lot of customers might not want to pull into a dealership to charge, it’s still a nice enough place to get a cup of complimentary coffee and hang out for half an hour.
I’m no business expert but, to me, it just makes perfect sense for the two brands to share all of their electric tech with one another. The entire VW Group needs to fix its image and both Porsche and Audi need to catch up with their competition in the EV game. So having both brands have the same incredible technology allows them both to succeed in the segment. And since their both siblings under the VW umbrella, it just makes sense to help each other out.