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.
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).