The latest iteration of the Taycan of which nearly 150,000 have been built so far, will put early range complaints of Porsche’s first mass-produced EV to bed. In real-world driving, recent tests conducted on the pre-series versions of the Taycan between Los Angeles and San Diego have unveiled an impressive total driving range of up to 587 kilometres on a single battery charge. This test, carried out on the well-traveled Interstate Highway 405 and 5, showcase the significant strides Porsche has made in enhancing the long-distance viability of its electric sports car lineup.
The updated Porsche Taycan, which should launch in only a few days’ time, brings a suite of improvements aimed at optimizing the electric driving experience. Among these enhancements are an extended driving range, coupled with innovations in charging technology. The real-world range test provided a practical demonstration of the Taycan’s advanced efficiency. The vehicles involved in this exercise covered up to 587 kilometres on a single charge, a feat attributed to the model’s large battery variant and its refined engineering.
Kevin Giek, Vice President for the Taycan model line, expressed satisfaction with the test outcomes, emphasizing the vehicle’s efficiency and its alignment with Porsche’s vision for ‘fast travel’ in the realm of electric mobility. The concept of ‘fast travel’ revolves around minimizing charging durations while maximizing range, thereby enhancing the practicality of electric vehicles for long-distance journeys.
The range assessment was meticulously conducted under conditions that mirror typical driving scenarios. A group of twelve journalists from international media outlets took turns driving four Taycan vehicles over three days, adhering to the legal speed limits of 75 mph (approximately 120 km/h) prevalent on interstate highways. All test vehicles were equipped with the Performance Battery Plus.
Charging sessions took place at the Electrify America Charger in Torrance, Los Angeles, where the Taycan demonstrated its rapid charging capabilities, achieving power levels exceeding 300 kW. This allowed the vehicles to recharge from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes on multiple occasions, showcasing significant improvements in charging efficiency and readiness.
A quick note to say that California is not exactly a “real-world” test bed for Canadians. Despite that, the achieved range will mean improved figures even in colder climates such as ours.