After getting not so good results with range and efficiency from the EPA, we tested how many miles you can really get out of a single charge in the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Porsche is not exactly on the roll with the press, in 2017 for example, Porsche was considered “too lucky” to have won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance racing against the underdog Toyota when at the last minute, their car had broken down. And it didn’t exactly help when the 2020 EPA test results of their Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S, both only achieving 201 miles, and 192 miles of range respectively.
The expected response of the number one competitor of Porsche’s only electric car, Tesla was, of course, smugness. Europe apparently is struggling to keep up with the electric car range wars, the Taycan was the latest 1 out of 3 that has already come out of Europe, it followed the footsteps of the Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi E-Tron which by the way also failed to achieve their claimed electric range. While the European electric cars were failing to achieve their claimed range, Tesla has released a long-range version of the Model S called the Long Range Plus which achieved its claimed 390-mile range, doubling those numbers the European electric cars were failing to achieve, and even if they achieved it, halfway along the journey with the Tesla, they would have already conked out.
The Taycan Turbo S’s range cannot be justified by saying that it’s all about performance and not range or efficiency anyway, because if you bought an equivalent gasoline-powered Porsche, would you accept if it would have run out after just 192 miles? Yes, the electric vehicle infrastructure is getting better and better, but the number of charging stations are still isn’t as many as gasoline stations, and even with improved charging times, it’s not that you can charge a battery as fast as you would fill a gas tank. So in our opinion, the range is unacceptable.
But here’s our argument, can it be really true that these flagship high-performance electric cars and only do 201 and 192 miles? The range test of the Porsche Taycan Turbo and the Turbo S was done by an independent company, they have devised two distances for each car, 275 miles, and 278 miles respectively, the course has a mixture of city and highway driving, and the cars go as fast as the speed limit in that particular area, the cars’ climate control is set to the minimum and they are run until they ran out of juice.
We have done our own test of the Taycan Turbo, we took it to an urban environment, with more city driving, we set the car to Range mode, with one person on board and the climate control at minimum levels, after the test, we got a result of 287.2 miles, which is significantly higher than the 209 miles reported by the EPA. This baffling result just goes to show us that the industry hasn’t figured out yet a way to properly test the range, economy, and efficiency of electric cars.
Our team did another test using our own way of measurements, we even acquired help from a third-party that are experts in testing range. During the test, we fitted the car with GPS, and a very sophisticated OBD-II data-logger, this would help us see the car’s battery performance in real-time. We loaded the car with weight not exceeding 400 pounds and the climate control is set to the minimum setting, as low as just to not make us very sweaty. The result we got for the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S might gobsmack you, it achieved 269 miles in a single charge.
We must also add that the rate of electric car charging now has significantly improved compared just at least a couple of years ago if you plug an electric car into a fast charger, you no longer have to go for a walk, grab a bite of finish a book, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S in just 17 minutes got more than 45% charge at a rate of 150 kWh. Try it in an even faster 350 kWh charger and you’ll get 75% in just 20 minutes.
After this test that reveals a surprising conclusion, it’s hard to say already that how the Porsche Taycan performed is well enough, but as a general rule nowadays for an electric car, it must at the very least, achieve 250 miles of actual range in a single charged to make it acceptable, because that’s similar to the range of an everyday electric car like the Chevrolet Bolt or the Nissan Leaf, and I bet you neither of them can do 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds.
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