In Europe, the Porsche Taycan Turbo has a stated range of 280 miles. But in the US, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the electric car only gets 201 miles on a charge.
There are several measurement models to determine the cars' emissions, consumption and the range of electric vehicles. Europe, we has been using WLTP since 2017, which stands for Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure. In the US market, the cars are assessed instead according to EPA, a measurement method developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The two methods of measurement also give different results.
EPA has now made a statement about the Porsche Taycan Turbo, and the assessment is something of a cold shower for the manufacturer. Porsche's stated range for the electric car is 280 miles which is backed by WLTP. But according to the US authority, the version will only go 201 miles on a fully charged battery.
Taycan Turbo delivers a power output of 460 kW (625 hp). The front area's 2.33 square meters is said to give the model the lowest air resistance of all Porsches, with a CD value of 0.22. But that the car would only go 201 miles can be compared to EPA's stated range for Tesla Model 3S. There, the Standard Range Plus version delivered 250 miles. The entry price for that car is just over $ 57,000 compared to Porsche's $ 190 000.
With its generous battery pack of 93.4 kWh, the Taycan Turbo is rather meant to compete with Tesla's more expensive models. But the Germans fall behind. The EPA figures for the Model S and Model X versions with the largest battery pack are 373 miles of range and 328 miles respectively.
Taycan Turbo slides in just behind the Audi E-throne, with an EPA range of 204 miles. This should be perceived as a bit boring considering that Porsche is the Volkswagen Group's spearhead. But it is probably even more sad for the Germans that their sharpest model has poorer battery performance than low-cost models like the Nissan Leaf, with its 62 kWh battery yielding 226 miles and Chevy Bolt with its EPA range of 259 miles.
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