Porsche Taycan Laughs In The Face Of Range Anxiety, Travels 2,128 Miles In 24 Hours

Many modern electric vehicles can travel more than 200 miles (322 km) on a single charge, but studies have shown that 58% of consumers still have range anxiety.

Those fears will likely be calmed by Porsche’s announcement that a 2020 Taycan traveled 2,128.1 miles (3424.8 km) in just 24 hours. That’s truly impressive and the company noted the distance is roughly the same as traveling from Atlanta, Georgia to Los Angeles, California.

Of course, there are some caveats as the endurance run was conducted at Porsche’s Nardò Technical Center in Italy. Unsurprisingly, the track was equipped with 800-volt charging stations which were designed to recharge the Taycan as quickly as possible.

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It’s unlikely that consumers will have such easy access to these stations, but it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. As Porsche noted, the stations will be used by the Ionity joint venture which is a partnership between BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group.

Getting back to the test itself, Porsche says the pre-production Taycan only stopped for quick charging and driver changes. The company also revealed the prototype’s average speed was kept between 121 mph (195 km/h) and 133 mph (214 km/h). Lastly, Porsche credited the Taycan’s thermal management system for working flawlessly as the test was conducted in hot weather as temperatures peaked at 107° F (41.6° C).

According to Porsche’s Stefan Weckbach, “The Taycan mastered this ambitious endurance run without any problems.” He also said the test showed the car’s “high maturity level” and the advantages of its 800-volt technology.

The Taycan will be unveiled on September 4th and it will have two electric motors that produce a combined output in excess of 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS). This will enable the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 3.5 seconds and travel more than 310 miles (500 km) on a single charge in the New European Driving Cycle. Additional variants are expected, including an entry-level model that costs around $90,000 and has an output of approximately 322 hp (240 kW / 326 PS).

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  • SnakePlant

    At the slowest avg speed of 121, thats about 17 hours of driving. So 7 hours of charging?
    Let’s see the timeline, Porsche.

    • TheBelltower

      If you drive from Atlanta to LA, you’re going to stop to eat, take a leak and rest a bunch of times anyway.

      • SnakePlant

        I’m not dogging them, I’m just asking for more technical information. I’m wondering how much time of charging it took for them to go 2k miles, and how many times it charged–and at what percentage of battery they pulled in to charge each time.

        • TheBelltower

          It’d be interesting to know how many watts per mile they used. At 100mph, an older 2014 Model S will go through about 700Wh/mile. So I’m going to assume that, at 121mph with a 90KwHr battery pack, the Taycan is probably pulling in with nearly zero charge multiple times each hour. Then doing a quick ten or fifteen minute charge to 80%, and back on the road.

          • SnakePlant

            Anything more than what was mentioned will be interesting.

      • Nordschleife

        i did the drive in 3 days drove 12 hours a day. I didn’t stop until i went in for the evening but you are right, most people would have multiple stops.

        • runbuh

          12 hours of driving per day without stopping? Not even for gas and bladder relief?

          • Nordschleife

            Honestly on the freeway my car was super efficient and I didn’t stop for snacks or something to drink because I didn’t want to stop to use the rest rooms. I just wanted to get to my destination.

  • Super Rob

    An article about range anxiety and super charging is made for Porsche to brag. Instead they leave out the most important part of the whole test. Real recharge times.

  • iggination

    107 degrees F is NOT 44.7 degrees C!

    • Mike Gauthier

      Thanks for the heads up, it’s been corrected

      • iggination

        Thanks boss!!

  • Gabriel Chiminazzo

    I’m surprised no one has made fun of the 4 tail pipes on an electric vehicle. I wonder why would Porsche install them on the camo prototype when we already know this is an EV.

    • Felix Le Forestier

      I think they already say they would get rid of them for production. No source though


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  • DugDanger

    Alternate headline……Porsche cheats to gain notoriety. I love Porsche, but c’mon. Why not use real world analogies. None of us have 800kw chargers or can average 110+ mph. It would be way more impressive to show what it can do in real world conditions.

  • Ed

    I don’t have the details handy, but I believe a bunch of Tesla Model 3 owners have been dashing across the US in ridiculously fast times on public roads using the Tesla Supercharger network. That is a much more meaningful test that running on a closed circuit with a private charger.

    That said, I am glad that Porsche is coming to market with a winning design. Porsche currently has far more influence on public perception of what a car should be than Tesla…..although with the head start the car industry is giving Tesla, that lead may not last!

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