Porsche Taycan review - Range, charging and running costs
The Taycan features efficient motors and a large battery pack for a range of around 300 miles
Thanks to a large battery pack, the Porsche Taycan can travel around 300 miles on a single charge, which is comparable to a sports car with a full tank of petrol. Admittedly, recharging the Taycan takes longer than refuelling a 911, but rapid charging means an 80 per cent charge is available in just 20 minutes.
Porsche offers Taycan buyers three-years free access to the Ionity charging network, while Turbo Charging at selected Porsche Centres offers increased flexibility as it's possible to add 60 miles of range in around 4.5 minutes.
The entry-level Taycan has a 79.2kWh battery with a usable capacity of 71.0kWh. This provides a range of 231 to 276 miles. Opting for the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus ups the usable capacity to 83.7kWh and increases the range to between 268 and 314 miles.
Go for the more powerful Turbo and the 93.4kWh battery comes as standard, delivering an electric range of between 2708 and 315 miles. Finally, the Turbo S features the same 93.4kWh battery and offers a range of between 273 and 291 miles. All of these figures are based on the WLTP standard. What you achieve in the real world will depend on factors such as the weather, accessories used within the car and how hard you drive.
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Charging on the 4S is a little slower than the other models, with a maximum rate of 225kW. Opt for the Performance Battery Plus and this increases to 270kW, which is the same as the Turbo and Turbo S models.
At 270kW, the Taycan will charge from 20 to 80 per cent in less than 20 minutes, with a 50kW charger completing the job in about 90 minutes. A 150kW charger will perform the same task on a larger battery in around 35 minutes.
Charging at home using a domestic wall box should take between 9 and 10.5 hours, depending on the charger.
The entry-level Taycan sits in group 48, while the Performance Battery Plus model is in group 49. All other versions of the Porsche Taycan slot into insurance group 50, which places it alongside the world’s fastest and most expensive supercars. It’s the same for the Tesla Model S, while the Jaguar I-Pace, which offers nothing like the performance of the Taycan, is in groups 49 and 50.
Buyers should see strong average residuals for the Taycan of around 71 per cent after three-years and 36,000-miles of ownership, while the Cross Turismo and Sport Turismo models are just behind on 67 per cent over the same period.
In this review
- 1Porsche Taycan reviewThe Porsche Taycan is arguably the most desirable electric car on the planet
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceThe Taycan offers next-level performance, with the agility and deftness of a lightweight sports car
- 3Range, charging and running costs - currently readingThe Taycan features efficient motors and a large battery pack for a range of around 300 miles
- 4Interior, design and technologyPorsche has created an all-electric sports car with stunning good looks and an impressive, tech-laden interior
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceEnough room for four adults and can take as much luggage as a family hatchback
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Porsche Taycan features the very latest safety and driver assistance technology