The primary material used to construct the Porsche photovoltaic pylon in Berlin is steel. The business end of the pylon is represented by 7,776 solar cells. In ideal conditions, the solar cells can generate up to 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
That equals 333.3 times the battery capacity of the Tesla Model S P90D electric sedan.
Porsche is very confident in the technology that went into making its first-ever photovoltaic pylon. So confident that it claims the pylon could handle the electricity requirement of the Porsche Centre in Berlin-Adlershof when it opens in the spring of 2017. As if that claim weren’t bold enough, the electricity produced by the pylon will also help the center’s visitors with charging their electric vehicles.
Dr. Jens Puttfarcken, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche, is adamant that the pylon demonstrates the automaker’s “clear commitment to electric mobility and stands as a symbol of sustainable investment that will help conserve resources: Porsche is systematically addressing the challenges associated with electric mobility.” Infrastructure is the key factor in the success of electric mobility, alright.
Though the technology of the Porsche Mission E is radically new for the sports car manufacturer, the philosophy of Porsche’s first all-electric model is similar to that of the 911 and 918 Spyder. To make the Mission E happen, the Stuttgart-based brand will invest €1 billion in development and new jobs.