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What Do You/I Know About Electric Vehicles?
When I bought my Taycan in the midst of the pandemic, there were a number of reasons. No, I’m not a strict environmentalist, although I do want to save whales, oily birds, and the planet. I had outgrown the 911 GTS – knees were a problem getting in and out – and I wanted to stay with Porsche (my last five cars were Pcars and I still have my Macan S). There are really some good reasons – handling, performance, prestige (yes, it is a big reason we love them), and of course, a switch to electric was enticing. But with the inducement of being able to “fuel” up at home and with free charging every day from the Electric America chargers (we have 3 in Half Moon Bay), it made my decision an easy one. So, after two years, here’s what I’ve learned:
- Charging at home is the way to go…easy and cheap…plus I have solar, so my charge comes from the sky!
- Charging on the road is a challenge – it’s called “range anxiety” – but getting easier month by month – I get 245 miles per charge
- Electrify America (EA) has more than 200 charging stations and over 830 individual chargers in the state of California (3 in Half Moon Bay)
- Porsche has included three years of free charging at Electrify America with the purchase of all new EV vehicles. The company offers fast charging at public locations at no additional cost.
- You don’t want to challenge me at the light…I don’t care what you’re driving – I’m fast off the line…in the 3’s.
- The handling and performance is Porsche…that’s it, that’s all…Porsche
- Everyone is leaping onto the EV wagon…standby for 2024 all-electric Macan.
- Bloomberg says the world’s EV fleet will soon surpass 20 million with China and India driving most of it.
- A million EVs a month will be added to the global numbers
Where to charge?
Each plug-in vehicle has a maximum charging rate for alternating current (AC), which encompasses both 120 volts and 240 volts, – known as Level 1 and Level 2 chargers. There is a Level 3 charger, but those you’ll only find on the road since they are DC and not normally found in the home (see below). I put an extra 240-volt plug next to my Taycan in my garage where I can charge any time I want. Most homes already use these circuits to power appliances like a clothes dryer, air conditioner, or oven. They are required to fill the larger battery pack in a reasonable period. You also can charge with the 120-volt plug but that can take hours to charge your Taycan.
On the road, you can also charge the Taycan’s battery at a Level 3 public charger or DC supercharging station. Porsche partners with Electrify America, so Taycan drivers can use any of these stations (and new Taycan owners get 30 mins. free daily). At these fast-charging stations, the longest you’ll wait to charge the larger battery is 93 minutes. That’s a rate of about 60 miles every four minutes, assuming it’s a 350-kW charger. You can restore 80 percent of the battery in only 15 minutes. Why the increase in time to fully charge? That’s a whole other discussion.
What’s it cost to charge?
You are charged per kilowatt-hour to charge your Taycan. Most EVs get between three and four miles out of each kWh. If you divide the total miles driven each month by three, you can get the amount of kWh you would use monthly. Multiply this by the cost from PG&E for example per kWh.
So, should you put 1,000 miles on your car with the same three miles per kWh, which puts your bill around $30? If you double the rate to $.20/kWh, your charging cost is around $60. Gas prices fluctuate a lot, but it is safe to say you would probably spend a lot more these days every month to drive 1,000 miles.
With a charging capacity of 270 kW, you can charge from the comfort of your home fairly inexpensively. With Level 1 charging through a 120-volt outlet, it takes 24 hours to charge the biggest battery. Using a 240-volt outlet, you can recharge the battery in as little as 12 hours — or 11 hours for the smaller 79-kWh battery.
On the road, Electrify America charges 15 to 25 cents per minute — a maximum of 30 cents per kWh, GreenCarJournal reports. Using a DC fast-charging station can cost up to 99 cents per minute, so it’s definitely a lesser value. However, many drivers might prefer this method for its speed and convenience. In addition, you can find free and pay-as-you-go stations through a variety of apps – PlugShare, Open Charge Map, and the Alternative Fueling Station Locator are a few.
Electrify America Chargers
Does EV Range Matter?
There’s a lot of anxiety regarding the range of the EVs. Most data (pre-pandemic) suggests the average driver travels less than 30-40 miles per day, so you’d be in good shape without much variation in daily driving habits considering the average standard EPA-estimated driving range of 2022 model EVs is around 260 miles on a full charge. My Taycan is running about 245 per 85% of battery charge…so, no problem. If I want to go to LA, I’ll fly!
Amazing Video of a 911 Being Built
A recently released video of the incredible mostly-robotic creation of a 911 is worth a look. Modern manufacturing is fascinating. Building a Porsche 911 involves an amazing mix of machines, and humans—1500 to be exact. It takes two days from start to finish, and this new time-lapse video boils down the entire process into just four minutes. It’s the first time-lapse video of a 911 build ever, and it’s mesmerizing.
Check it out here.
Get the GT4 vs GT3 Experience
We’ve been invited to drive the 718 Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 back-to-back at the Porsche Experience Centers in Atlanta and Los Angeles. This new program showcases both mid-and rear-engine Porsche GT models, allowing customers to find the dynamic vehicle that matches their driving desires.
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Hurry! Spring 2022 Member Raffle is still on
Win a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS!
Each fall and spring, Porsche Club of America opens a member-only raffle, in which you, the member, may purchase entries for a chance to win a brand-new Porsche. For the Spring 2022 Member Only Raffle, the first grand prize is a 2022 718 Cayman GT4 RS plus $25,000, and subsequent grand prizes are a 718 Cayman S. Alternatively, winners may also choose $85,000 instead of a car plus $25,000. After 9,500 entries are sold, another grand prize will be added for every additional 4,500 entries sold. Raffle entries are $50 (USD) each. All entries received by June 1, 2022 will be accepted into the raffle. Winner(s) to be announced by July 31, 2022.
The 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the sports car enthusiasts have been waiting for, mating the 911 GT3’s 4.0-liter flat-six to a seven-speed PDK automatic transmission. The GT4 RS makes 493 horsepower and laps the Nürburgring faster than the 991.2 GT3. The 718 Cayman S is no slouch either, with 350 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque that hits hard and low in the rev range.
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NEW MEMBERS 2022!
Here’s who joined GGR since our last blog in mid-January. Thanks to all of them for seeing that there’s no place like Porsche!
Patrick Brockett, 2021 Cayenne Turbo Saratoga
Ian Parker, 2018 Boxster Spyder S. SF
Mark Haberecht, 2016 911 GT3 RS Burlingame
Julia Mitrevski, 2016 911 Carrera 4 Mill Valley
David Clardy, 2014 Cayman S Los Gatos
Lori Schutz, 2005 Boxster S Los Altos
Ryan Peacock, 2021 911 Turbo S San Martin
Jeff Shaw, 2022 718 Spyder SF
Daniel Rohan, 2004 911 Carrera San Mateo
Trevor Hammond, 1984 911 Carrera Targa Montara
Andrew Walling, 2015 911 GT3 Menlo Park
Myles Spencer 2014 Cayman S SF
Mark Feinberg, 2020 718 Cayman GT4 Santa Rosa
Daniel Feldman, 2000 911 Carrera SF
Darin Zimlinghaus, 2009 911 Carrera Los Gatos
Kiran Kapany, 2019 911 Carrera T Menlo Park
Ernesto Dal Bo, 2019 718 Cayman S Berkeley
Jean-Phillipe Serpico, 1971 911T Targa Los Gatos
Allston Mickey, 2021 718 Cayman S 94018 CA
Denise Collins, 2018 Panamera Turbo SJ
Christian Doegl, 2016 911 Carrera 4 GTS SF
Danny Wang, 2007 911 Carrera 4S Dublin
Steve Hanssen 1987 911 Turbo SJ
Roger Nelson, SF
Michael Holzer, 2020 911CarreraS Redwood City
Erick Hand, 2018 Macan SJ
Ryan Li, 2022 911 GT3 Redwood City
Michael Wong, 1997 911 Carrera 4S SJ
Jeff Clevenger, 2022 911 Carrera S Morgan Hill
Daniel Bujak, 2014 Cayman S Mountain View
Sreyan Ghosh, 2022 911 Carrera SF
Harrison Sattley, 2013 Boxster S SF
Peter Taing, 2021 Taycan Turbo San Bruno
Tom Vercoutere, 1996 911 Carrera Redwood City
Richard Leavitt, 2006 Boxster Woodside
Ryan Moynihan, 1988 Carrera Cabriolet SF
William Cheng, 2014 Cayman Mountain View
Brett Canumay, 2001 Boxster SJ
Brian Andrews, 1953 356 Hillsborough
Shane Lee, 2022 718 Boxster Milpitas
Jayson Gispan, 2011 Boxster Spyder San Mateo
Martin Pilling, 2009 911 Turbo Mountain View
Mark Hoffman, 1964 356 San Mateo
Jim Paplos, 1997 911 Carrera S Millbrae
Sahil Chawla, 2020 Macan SJ
John Grese, 2022 911 Carrera S Cabriolet SJ
Dash Sidhu, 2021 911 Carrera 4S San Mateo
Matt Ericson, 2014 911 Cabriolet Menlo Park
Amit Vyas, 2018 911 Turbo Hillsborough
Barrett Cohn, 2022 Taycan 4S SF
Mian Lu, 1999 911 Carrera Santa Clara
Jeff Mollenhauer, 2022 Panamera 4 Morgan Hill
Sridhar Prativadi, 2011 91 Carrera S Cabriolet Cupertino
Edward Deleski, 2020 911 Carrera SF
Michael Whalen, 1986 944 Turbo Los Gatos
Jeff Carvalho, 2001 911 Turbo SF
Michael Suchomel, 2017 911 Cabriolet SF
Robert Mullarkey, 2003 Boxster San Bruno
Ralph Freshour, 1983 911 SC San Mateo
Brenden Dehneh, 2000 911 Carrera Saratoga
Jish Mukerji, 2022 Macan Belmont
Manuel Sanagustin, 2022 Taycan 4S SJ
Nancy Prendergast, 2016 Cayman GT Danville
Alexander Dalal, 1998 Boxster San Ramon
Albert Boro, 1994 911 Speedster SF
Jia Chen, 1996 911 Turbo SF
Kristie Lee, 2001 Boxster S SJ
Behrouz Namakshenas, 2013 Boxster S Palo Alto
Richard Roe, 2019 718 Cayman SF
Chih-Yu Huang, 2021 718 Boxster Cupertino
Daniel Reichert, 2007 Cayman SJ
Daniel Darbonne, 1964 356 San Carlos
Jorden Villarreal, 1999 911 Carrera Sunnyvale
Aundra Nichols, 2018 718 Cayman SF
Martin Burger, 1998 Carrera S Cupertino
Jj Atherton, 2017 911 Carrera Belmont
Timothy Bolaji, 1999 Carrera SJ
James Peterson, 2016 Cayman Los Altos
Isaac Chankal, 1997 911 Carrera 4S Aptos
Steven Saunders, 2014 Cayman Cupertino
Lee Yu, 2017 Cayman S San Bruno
Eric Moreale, 2014 Cayman S SJ
Philip A. Culbertson, 2013 911 Carrera 4S Woodside
Alvin Patrick Teodoro, 2022 Taycan SJ
Anish Ramaswamy, 2014 Cayman S Santa Clara
Joel Pascual,, 2022 Cayenne GTS Magnolia DE2
Leigh Payne, 1999 911 Carrera Cab Morgan Hill
Charles Myong, 2016 Cayman GTS Sunnyvale
Frank De-Levi, 2017 911 Carrera Pacifica
Ezeguiel Marquez, 2009n 911 Carrera S Cab SJ
Abu Taghizadeh, 2021 Carrera Cab Palo Alto
Andrew Straus, 2021 911 Carrera Belmont
Mann Chow, 1999 911 Carrera Redwood City
Tim Heckman, 2008 Cayman S Mt. View
Fernando Aquino, 2006 911 Carrera Mt. House
Nathan Stowe, 2022 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 SJ
Eyob Woldeselasie, 1995 911 Carrera Cab San Mateo
William Walker, 2005 Boxster S Redwood City
May 2022 ANNIVERSARIES:
Members celebrating 25+ year anniversaries will be sent congratulatory materials automatically by PCA. These are sent quarterly. Members celebrating 5-20 year anniversaries or who haven’t received a past anniversary packet can request one using this link www.pca.org/anniversary (members need to be logged in to use the link).
5 Years – 2017
Ty Lee, 2006 Cayman S Brisbane
Jennifer Bennett Foster City
Carl Agers, 1956 356 Speedster San Jose
Marin Balde, 2017 911 Carrera S Los Gatos
Frederick Myers, 1990 911 Carrera 4 San Carlos
Jennifer Chai San Carlos
Sheri Agers San Jose
Jeff Mohler,1987 928 S4 San Jose
Gavin Christensen, 2013 911 Portola Valley
Anthony Ahearn, 2014 Boxster S Sunnyvale
Carl Tuttle, 2004 911 Carrera 4S Morgan Hill
Keith Hui, 2017 Cayman S San Bruno
David Bennett, 2014 911 Turbo Foster City
Jeremy Ahearn Sunnyvale
David Yeh, 2016 Cayman GT4 San Jose
Jen Yeh San Jose
William Paxton, 2002 Boxster S Redwood City
Martin Chang, 2020 718 Spyder Cupertino
David Clardy, 2014 Cayman S Los Altos
10 Years – 2012
Dmitry Stupakov, 1991 Menlo Park
Kevin Woods, 2011 911 GT3 RS Newark
Arthur Gianoukos, 2012 Cayman R San Francisco
Sylvie Serex-Bonnet Woodside
Patrick Serex, 2001 Boxster S Woodside
Jim Ashton, 2012 911 Carrera S Menlo Park
Dominique Ashton Menlo Park
Ikuko Murakami, 2012 Cayman R Los Altos
Makoto Murakami Los Altos
Mark Cook, 2008 911 Carrera S Napa
Lisa Thomas San Francisco
Darryl Dunson, 2016 Cayman GT4 San Jose
15 Years – 2007
Michael Gaulke, 2004 911 Carrera Atherton
Judith Gaulke Atherton
Laura Rosen Berkley
Chris Hamilton,1970 914 Walnut Creek
Jeff Tao, 2007 911 Carrera Cupertino
Mark Gersh, 1986 911 Carrera Redwood City
Bernadette Gersh Redwood City
Todd Welty, 2004 911 Carrera Walnut Creek
Leslie Welty Walnut Creek
20 Years – 2002
Jonathan Levoggi San Francisco
Kathryn Schlief San Jose
Steven Schlief, 2020 911 Carr S Cab San Jose
Michael Lieberman, 1981 911 SC San Francisco
Ed Berger, 1988 911 Carrera San Jose
Patrick Rotelli, 1959 356 Moraga
Alex Berger San Jose
25 Years – 1997
Colin Taylor, 1966 911 Seattle
Crista Goddard Seattle
Harsh Luthra, 1997 Boxster Half Moon Bay
Kapil Luthra Mountain View
30 Years – 1992
Paul Jorgensen, 1985 911 Carrera San Francisco
35 Years – 1987
Gerry Brown, 1974 914 2.0 San Lorenzo
Michael Quinn. 1981 911 SC Pleasanton
Margaret Quinn Pleasanton
Brad Zucroff, 2011 911 Carrera GTS Las Vegas
45 Years – 1977
Patty Mellana Kenwood
William Mellana, 1999 Boxster Kenwood
Bob Yamamoto, 1974 911S San Jose
If you have any questions about membership, please get them to me at email@example.com and we will have them answered ASAP. Stay well, get vaccinated and boosted, and wear a mask for heaven’s sake!
“Capt. Mike” (aka Capt. Mike Sherman, USN-Ret.)