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Porsche Taycan: range, battery & charging

The Porsche Taycan boasts some of the fastest charging speeds available, though rivals have more range

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£79,255 - £152,003
Fuel Type:
Electric

Model

Range

Wallbox charge time

Rapid charge time

Taycan (71kWh)

231-276 miles

11hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

21mins (10-80%, 225kW)

Taycan (84kWh)

268-314 miles

13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

19mins (10-80%, 270kW)

Taycan 4S (71kWh)

230-282 miles

11hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

21mins (10-80%, 225kW)

Taycan 4S (84kWh)

267-318 miles

13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

19mins (10-80%, 270kW)

Taycan GTS (84kWh)

273-313 miles

13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

19mins (10-80%, 270kW)

Taycan Turbo (84kWh)

270-315 miles

13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

19mins (10-80%, 270kW)

Taycan Turbo S (84kWh)

273-291 miles

13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

19mins (10-80%, 270kW)

There are currently five Porsche Taycan models available to order. The basic rear-wheel-drive car is simply badged 'Taycan'; above this sit the four-wheel-drive Taycan 4S, GTS, Turbo and Turbo S models.

Porsche has mildly updated the Taycan across the years to boost its range figures, however, even in its most frugal 4S 84kWh form, you’ll ‘only’ be quoted a maximum range of 317 miles on a single charge. That should be more than enough for most buyers, although it’s worth noting that the equivalent Tesla Model S or even the Mercedes EQS are both capable of over 400 miles on a charge. Still, the Taycan’s ultra-rapid charging speeds mean this shouldn’t be too much of an issue if you plan on taking longer journeys.

Porsche Taycan range

‘How long is a piece of string?’: this question is probably easier to answer than ‘how much range does a Porsche Taycan have?’, given the sheer number of different configurations possible.

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Nevertheless, we’ll try to explain it all here; the entry-level eponymous ‘Taycan’ model gets a 71kWh battery pack which provides a range of up to 276 miles, depending on exact specification. For an extra £4,500 (trifling, really), you can upgrade to the Performance Battery Plus. This comes as standard on higher-spec cars, although boosts range to a maximum of 313 miles in the base Taycan, and 317 miles in the mid-spec 4S and is well worth the extra cash, in our opinion.

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Porsche Taycan GTS, Turbo and Turbo S models all get this larger battery, and offer figures that range between 230 and 315 miles, depending on the exact model and specification you choose. As mentioned, this is quite a bit behind rivals which all have longer legs, so to speak, although this should be more than sufficient for most, unless you plan to do cross-country miles frequently.

We achieved around 2.5 miles per kWh from the Turbo S in the mild, dry conditions that we drove it in; provided you don't drive it too hard, that equates to a range of 210 miles from the usable battery capacity of 84kWh. The Taycan and Taycan 4S will go a little further than that if you opt for the bigger battery – we found 220-230 miles easily achievable, even with a heavier-than-normal right foot.

Charge time

The Taycan has some of the best charging capabilities of any electric car on sale, with a maximum rate of 270kW possible using the car’s CCS port. It's worth noting, however, that this only applies to Taycans equipped with the larger Performance Battery Plus. Those with the smaller Performance Battery can only charge at up to 225kW.

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If you can find a fast enough ultra-rapid charger (350kW), a 10-80% top-up in the Taycan only takes around 20 minutes. A more common 50kW charger will perform the same task in about an hour and a half, while a 150kW charger will allow for a 10-80% charge on a bigger-battery Taycan in around 35 minutes.

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What’s more annoying is that you have to add an optional 150kW on-board charger (around £350) to be sure the Taycan can make the most of all 100-150kW DC chargers. This is because there are some older 'super-rapid' chargers that use a 400v electrical system, which, when plugged into the 800v system in the Taycan, will only charge at a maximum of 50kW.

While we feel it’s frankly ridiculous that this doesn’t come as standard on what is, at the very least, an £80k electric car, Porsche reckons that around 95% of the 100-150kW chargers in the UK use the latest electrical system anyway, and will therefore deliver the fastest possible charge into the Taycan even if you haven't added this option. However, if you’re going to do a lot of long distance journeys and plan to make use of public charging infrastructure, it's worth biting the bullet to ensure the Taycan can charge at the maximum speed every time.

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Of course, most owners will charge at home the vast majority of the time, where a full charge from a 7.4kW wallbox will take around 13 hours for the 84kWh battery or 11 hours for the 71kWh unit. There’s also a charging port on both front wings of the Taycan, which is super-convenient. While both will accept the Type 2 cable needed for a wallbox, only the driver’s side takes a CCS plug for rapid charging.

A software update (standard on all cars sold since March 2021 and installable on earlier examples) added extra charging functions to the Taycan. You can set a charge level for a journey’s completion. For example, you might want at least 80% charge left when you arrive at a hotel for the night – the system will tell you when and how much to charge up to achieve this. A lower-temperature but slightly slower charge mode has also been added, to help extend the life of the battery.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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