Porsche Taycan range, battery & charging

The Porsche Taycan delivers lots of range, while 270kW rapid charging is the fastest of any electric car

Range Battery size Wallbox charge time Rapid charge time
256-279 miles 93kWh 13hrs (7kW) 23mins (5-80%, 270kW)

The Porsche Taycan comes in Turbo and Turbo S forms: the latter is more powerful and sacrifices some range, although both versions of the car come with a 93kWh battery. Aside from the 100kWh unit in the Tesla Model S, this is more or less the biggest battery you’ll find in any electric vehicle on sale right now, which means long-distance driving is feasible.

Porsche Taycan range

On paper, the Porsche Taycan Turbo returns 279 miles of range: this is more than enough to cover most people’s daily driving needs, although the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro will achieve at least as much range for a fraction of the price.

Meanwhile, the more powerful, top-of-the-range Taycan Turbo S returns 256 miles of range from a full charge. This is the car we tested when we got behind the wheel for the first time, and although we couldn’t match the official figure here, we were carrying some 250kg of luggage at the time. As such, we reckon 220 miles is a realistic real-world range figure for the top-spec Taycan, while the standard car should go even further.

Charge time

The Porsche Taycan has the fastest charging capability of any electric car currently on sale, with a maximum rate of 270kW possible using the car’s CCS port. For now, this top-rate speed is only available at a few dozen charging stations around Europe, most of which are operated by IONITY. The company plans to have 400 stations across the continent by the end of 2020.

At 270kW, the Taycan will charge from 5 to 80% full in 23 minutes, while a vastly more common 50kW charger will perform the same task in about an hour and a half.

Porsche doesn’t give charging figures for a standard 7kW home wallbox that most electric-car drivers will have installed on their driveways, but you should expect a full charge to take around 13 hours using a Type 2 cable. The manufacturer says an 11kW unit will deliver a full top-up in nine hours, however.