Porsche and the electric, it's a long and successful story. It was in fact Ferdinand Porsche who created the very first hybrid vehicle in history, the “Löhner – Porsche”, produced from 1900 to 1905. It is therefore obvious that the Manufacturer from Zuffenhausen is embarking on green mobility with complete confidence. , especially with the Taycan, a 100% electric vehicle.
In addition to being a real success, many Porsche Taycan owners find that their vehicle has more electric range than that advertised by Porsche. How is it possible?
The real range of the Porsche Taycan exceeds the theoretical figures: a fact known to the automotive press.
Let's first talk about the observation made by several of the owners of Porsche Taycan, some of whom are customers at our dealership: they noticed that the range of their Porsche electric vehicle was around 530 km for their model, which is much more higher than the 350km announced by Porsche.
This corroborates a test carried out by Car and Driver between the Taycan and the Tesla Model S, published on February 11, 2020 on their site. Their conclusion: Despite the vast difference between the Porsche and the Tesla in terms of EPA range figures, the Taycan offers a range that is relatively close to that of the Tesla. This is surprising, Tesla being known for the distances traveled by its vehicles, much greater, on a single charge. The same goes for another prominent publication, Road and Track, in an article by Matt Farah: He did 81 miles, more than 130 kilometers more than the EPA estimate in a Porsche Taycan 4S.
Thus, this pleasant surprise for owners is in fact a fact known and documented by knowledgeable and serious automotive industry media. Add to that the very short charging times offered by the Porsche Taycan and the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, you won't have to worry about battery life to get to your destination.
First example: a confrontation between the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder on the Laguna Seca circuit, produced by Motor Trend. On paper, it’s the hypersportive McLaren that has the advantage. Indeed, it has a powertrain made up of a twin-turbo 3.8 V8 and an electric motor with a battery. It all delivers 904 combined hp for a total torque of 664 lb-ft. As for the 918, it is also a hybrid unit which powers the Porsche hypersport car (4.6 V8 + two electric motors). This provides Zuffenhausen's meteor with a total of 887 horsepower and 944 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the P1 is lighter than the Porsche (Empty weight: 1395 kg VS 1675 kg for the 918) while being more powerful.
So, according to the laws of physics, the McLaren should be faster than the Porsche; yet it is not. The Porsche completed the lap in 1 minute 29.89 seconds, compared to 1 minute 30.71 seconds for the P1. Another more recent fact: the journalist Marc Lachapelle (who measures himself the data relating to his car tests) carried out the 0-100 km / h in 2.54 seconds with the last Porsche 911 Turbo S. The official stopwatch announced by Porsche for the same exercise was 2.7 seconds!
The Zuffenhausen automaker has always been conservative in the data it discloses, which often holds great surprises for owners of Porsche vehicles. The reason is that Porsche optimizes every detail in the design of its cars to the utmost. The German manufacturer indeed considers that an automobile, sporty or not, represents a technical whole. It's not just about the capabilities offered by its powertrain.