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I will be mainly charging my car at home. However, if I make long trips to the midlands and northwest, please advise which "charging company" memberships or cards I should take. I obviously have the one supplied by Porsche but am wondering if I need any others. Thank you.





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Personally, I wouldn't load up your phone with too many apps just yet. What you do need to do is order your "Taycan Charging Service" card. This gives you access to Ionity chargers at 30p per kWh where the normal cost is 69p per kWh (!). To do this go into your MyPorsche web account and order the "Porsche Charging Service". You get it free for 3 years. The card turns up in a few days.

My favourite app is WattsUp. This allows you to put in your route and it will show you all of the chargers on your route, which network and their availability. It should be available in CarPlay this month as well.

Some tips:-

1. Charge when you can, not when you have to. I always aim to charge at a minimum 20-30% which will give me options if I have any problems with a charging station.

2. Plan ahead - spend 5 minutes deciding where you are going to stop. The best networks are Ionity and Instavolt, followed by any site that offers 150 kW charging. DO NOT rely on the car SatNav to suggest a charger. It knows hardly any of them.

3. Owner Checkins - Both the Plugshare and ZapMap apps encourage people to comment on their charging experience. If you are not sure about a charge site, check it on one of these apps to see if people have had problems.
 

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I’ve started to use a better route planner (ABRP) app.
i have to say, it’s impressive. Yes there is an annual cost but considering the cost of these cars, the subscription shouldn’t stretch us.
Once paid for you can do such things as.
Add your favourite charging brands
Tell it not to use certain charging brands
Enter a minimum SOC at your arrival point and it works out the journey for you

so far it’s proved to be really good.
 

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I’ve started to use a better route planner (ABRP) app.
i have to say, it’s impressive. Yes there is an annual cost but considering the cost of these cars, the subscription shouldn’t stretch us.
Once paid for you can do such things as.
Add your favourite charging brands
Tell it not to use certain charging brands
Enter a minimum SOC at your arrival point and it works out the journey for you

so far it’s proved to be really good.
How does the route planner app know your cars current SOC to be able to calculate the minimum SOC when you arrive at the charger?
 

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How does the route planner app know your cars current SOC to be able to calculate the minimum SOC when you arrive at the charger?
Click ont he GEAR next to the "Starting Point" and it brings up this menu (see below). You can enter your Departure SoC so that it knows how much charge you intend to leave with from your origin.

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How does the route planner app know your cars current SOC to be able to calculate the minimum SOC when you arrive at the charger?
my settings are quite detailed. See below.
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Looks like the app has been designed by somebody with a brain!

Very detailed and thanks for the screenshots
 

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Yes the ABRP app is good once you set the parameters. The best thing is that it also now is available in the car via CarPlay. Have not tried it yet but it does show on the main nav screen just like all other CarPlay apps. Good start and from this I guess they will integrate further.
 

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I have noticed that the map needs some adjustment to make it fully usable. See attached.
I’ve not used it in anger yet, but as you say.. it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
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