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Porsche to Expand its EV Charging Network in Canada

Porsche has a different approach to public EV charging

  • The Porsche Destination Charging program has six locations in Canada, with six more under construction

  • The charging stations are located at various hotels and venues and the company plans to add more around the country

  • Charging at these stations is free for Porsche owners, but also accessible to any other compatible EV

Since having introduced the Taycan, its first electric model, Porsche has been developing a charging network across many countries, including Canada.

The idea behind this program is to place charging stations in locations where Porsche owners are expected to want to stop for a while, such as luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants, vineyards and golf courses.

The businesses that would like to benefit from a Porsche charging station on their grounds can communicate with the automaker, and after a review of their case, the charging stations are provided for free to the venue.

This strategy is more interesting to Porsche than installing chargers along major highways, like most manufacturers tend to do, because it allows the occupants of the vehicles to enjoy a meal, or to spend the night in a hotel, or to play golf while their car charges, which limits the inconvenience posed by having to stop because of a low battery.

Porsche says the typical charging station will accommodate two vehicles at a time and while charging will be free for Porsche drivers, other electric vehicles will be able to use them too, so long as they are compatible with the J1772 standard.

There are currently six locations in Canada, including hotels such as the Toronto Ritz-Carlton and the Carré Doré Sofitel in Montreal as well as wineries like the Cedar Creek Estate Winery and Martin’s Lane, both in British Columbia.

In addition, six new locations are under construction and the automaker says its is still looking for businesses to partner with in order to expand its charging grid, which owners can use via a navigation app.

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