Porsche's 191 U.S. dealers will invest a combined $70 million in building out a retailer-based network of fast chargers to support the automaker's first battery-electric vehicle, the Taycan.
The investment is part of a nationwide charging infrastructure plan Porsche Cars North America announced Monday. The Volkswagen Group-owned automaker expects to have a network of more than 700 high-speed chargers in time for the Taycan's U.S. arrival late this year.
Taycan customers will receive three years of unlimited 30-minute charging at Electrify America locations, Porsche said. Automotive News foreshadowed the Porsche-Electrify America tie-up in October.
Volkswagen-backed Electrify America will pour $2 billion over the next decade into developing a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers accessible to all brands. In its first investment phase, Electrify America will deploy about 480 direct-current fast charger sites in 17 urban areas and along highways by mid-2019. So far, 89 sites have opened.
Porsche is following the lead of Volkswagen stablemate Audi, which will provide customers of its e-tron EV with 1,000 kilowatt-hours of charging at Electrify America sites over four years.
Porsche also said it will offer a home-based charging system, but did not provide details.
"Together, Electrify America and our Porsche dealer network will provide a national infrastructure for DC fast charging that frees future Taycan owners from range anxiety," Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer said in a statement. "And, Porsche home charging technology will turn the customer's garage into the equivalent of a personal gas station."