Uwe Michael, Head of the Electrics/Electronics Development Division at Porsche
Porsche will remain true to its ethos while making electronics and electrification a "strong brand value."
Uwe Michael, Head of the Electrics/Electronics Development Division at Porsche, speaks to battery tech and charging times. He also elaborates on software, apps, artificial intelligence, and his team's plan for how it all fits into the future of the brand.
Prototype of an 800-Volt Charging Station
Michael says that what consumers really want from electric vehicles is fast charging ... and he's right. It's obviously still one of the biggest deterrents to EV adoption. When asked about Telsa Superchargers, he says that Porsche will revolutionize charging times with 400-800 Volt systems that add 400 km in 20 minutes. He reminds that ALL competitors' current charging times are twice as long.
According to Michael, the automaker is not simply concerned with fast charging, but also convenience. For this reason, his company will offer home charging solutions for customers.
When asked about longer vehicle range and battery technology, Michael replies:
"Yes, it’s important to us to have a say in all the key properties of the batteries, because the cells in our high-performance sports cars must do more than those in standard cars. The current state of battery cell development means that compromises still have to be made. That’s why a particularly well-balanced overall system is a great boon for us. All the auxiliary units, for example the cooling system, must also be precisely tuned to ensure that our vehicles can deliver top performance over long periods. That’s why we’re building direct contacts with the relevant battery cell manufacturers."
Michael voices interest in lithium-air batteries but states that these won't likely be in serial production vehicles until 2030. He also notes that solid-state batteries are another option, though 2025 is the soonest we may see them from any automaker, including Porsche.
Other notable takeaways:
- Porsche has no priority for Level 5 automation
- Porsche will offer an integrated home power management system
- Inductive charging may be offered for homeowners
- Over-the-air updates are coming and will have multiple applications
- Porsche is exploring new connected electronic services and apps that could revamp the automotive industry
- The automaker will employ artificial intelligence and self-learning systems
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Source: Newsroom (Porsche)