When the EPA stated that the range of a Porsche Taycan is 201 miles, the automotive world had questions. Well, not Tesla fans. They stood and cheered because their rising tide should only lift one ship. The rest deserve shotgun holes through their hulls. Regardless, everyone was shocked and confused that an extremely expensive electric offering from Porsche would return such a relatively dismal range. It’s not terrible, mind you, but it’s far less than everyone expected.
Still, Porsche is known for undertaking its metrics. The 0-60 mph runs happen more quickly than Porsche would admit. Sometimes there is more power on tap. The clear metric for this brand is both lap times for its top-tier sports cars, and units sold for its crossovers. Perhaps it’s not fazed by the EPA rating because it knows it’s being undercut there as well.
Some real-world figures
The Drive’s Alex Roy spent some time behind a Taycan recently. He set out to prove that the car is capable of more than was calculated by the EPA. Roy, over the course of the last few years, has become fully immersed in the EV (and autonomy) space. He owns a Tesla Model 3 and puts many miles on it on a weekly basis. He’s also owned a few Porsches, and he’s been known to make some long trips from time to time. Roy is uniquely qualified to run this Taycan through its paces.
To test the car, Alex started in Los Angeles with a full charge. He set out for Phoenix and then returned, which put Alex at 800 miles round trip. This required stopping at Electrify America charging stations in Indio, California and Buckeye, Arizona. Two stations I’m familiar with, as I used both during my Audi E-Tron cross-country run.
Better than the EPA says
Roy wanted proper data capture and posterity on his run. So he snapped pictures of indicated range displays, ran a GoPro during the run, and noted all the numbers. How did he and the Porsche Taycan do? Roy saw 295 miles of available range during his return run from Phoenix to Los Angeles.
Using Range Mode, the Taycan limits top speed to 70 mph and reduces the flow of the air-conditioning system. So Alex set the cruise control at 70, kept the car cool even with the limited cooling air flow, and had no problem seeing strong range figures.