Porsche has just announced its “Cellforce” project, a multi-million euro investment that will allow it to produce its own batteries for electric cars intended for motorsport. Little information was given, but the manufacturer did not wait long to say that the new cells will be able to recharge in just 15 minutes.
The figure and the outlook are important: Porsche shows that it intends to develop its own technologies which will then benefit the rest of the range, with models that are more efficient and effective when recharging. Currently, it takes 22 minutes on a Porsche Taycan to recharge the batteries from 5 to 80%, on an Ionity charger.
Who says motorsport, also says weight constraint. Porsche’s research will certainly turn to smaller components in order to make the car lighter and not hamper its handling efficiency as well. For this, we know that the brand is working on a technology leaving aside graphite in favor of a silicon-based anode. In April, the CEO of the brand Olivier Blume had already mentioned the subject:
“Just as we have developed high performance combustion engines, we now want to be at the forefront of high performance batteries”, he said, specifying moreover that the objective was to bring production directly to Germany. “We want to show that we can make battery cells in a high wage state” he exclaimed.
Rumors, as recalled Engadget, put forward the idea that the factory of Porsche partner Customcells, in Tübingen, in southwestern Germany, will be used for the project. Customcells participates at 16.25%, the rest being managed by Porsche, but its facilities would be ideal as they are close enough to Stuttgart, the headquarters of Porsche.
As a reminder, this investment is part of a more global plan currently estimated at $ 15 billion to reach 80% of the brand’s sales in electric or electrified models before 2030. Porsche belongs to the Volkswagen group, which also continues to make its mark. breakthrough with its two new models designed from A to Z to become 100% electric: the ID3 and ID4.