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Porsche Taycan range, battery & charging

The Porsche Taycan has a long range and its 270kW rapid charging capability is the fastest of any electric car right now

Porsche Taycan
Rating
Range, battery & charging Rating
Price
£83,916 - £139,593
Fuel Type:
Electric
RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
253-287 miles 79-93kWh11hrs 30mins-13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)21mins (10-80%, 270kW)

The Porsche Taycan comes in 4S, Turbo and Turbo S forms. The 4S has a 79.2kWh battery with a usable capacity of 71kWh and a range of up to 252 miles, while choosing the bigger 93.4kWh battery with its usable capacity of 83.7kWh adds a bit more power and extends range to 287 miles - the longest of any Taycan model. 

The Turbo and Turbo S both get the bigger battery, but the latter is more powerful and sacrifices some range. Aside from the 100kWh unit in the Tesla Model S, this is more or less the biggest battery you’ll find in any electric car on sale right now, so between that and the rapid charging on offer, long-distance driving in the Porsche is very feasible.

Porsche Taycan range

The Porsche Taycan’s headline range might be pushing the 300-mile mark, but the reality is the bigger-battery models will likely do more like 230-250 miles in warmer weather with varied use depending on the model in question. Cold weather affects the range of all electric cars, so expect around 200 miles from the Taycan when the temperature drops. 

The smaller 79kWh battery in the 4S is offset slightly by its lower power, but even so we'd expect to see more like 180 miles in normal motoring, depending on weather, wheel size and how you’re driving it.  

We’re really impressed with the range calculator on Porsche’s website, which factors in weather, wheels, driving style and more – hopefully other manufacturers will follow suit. Check it out to get an idea of the real-world range for the Taycan you fancy.

Charging

The 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. The entry-level 4S charges at up to 225kW. For now, these top-rate speeds are only available at a few dozen stations around Europe, most of which are operated by Ionity. For some context of how quickly this infrastructure is expected to grow, Ionity plans to have 400 hubs across the continent by the end of 2020, with some 40 expected to be in the UK.

At 270kW, the Taycan will charge from 20 to 80% in under 20 minutes, while a vastly more common 50kW charger will perform the same task in about an hour and a half. A 150kW charger will do a 20-80% on a big-battery Taycan in around 35 minutes. 

What’s more annoying is that you have to add an optional £294 150kW DC on-board charger to be sure that the Taycan can make the most of these increasingly common 100-150kW DC chargers. This is all 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.

Porsche reckons that around 95% of the 100-150kW chargers in the UK use the latest electrical system and will deliver the fastest possible charge into the Taycan even if you haven't added this option. However, it's still worth adding it and then you know that the Taycan will charge as fast as the charger allows, other than the 350kW stations where it'll peak at the 270kW (or 225kW for the 4S) maximum charge rate.

Our beef with this is that Porsche has chosen to make it optional. Charging is the most confusing part of electric-car ownership, and further complicating it for the sake of less than £300 on a £100,000-plus car only exacerbates that. Still, just make sure that you add the 150kW DC Charger option and you have the fastest-charging electric car on sale, which will be limited only by the speed of the CCS charger that you plug into. 

On top of that, you have to pay for a Type 2 cable that gives you access to the vast majority of public car chargers and wallboxes, which is just as nonsensical and infuriating as charging for use of a petrol hose when you buy a 911. 

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 (or 11 on the 4S). There’s also a charging port on both front wings of the Taycan, which is super convenient. While both will accept the AC Type 2 cable needed for a home wallbox, only the driver’s side takes a CCS plug for rapid charging. 

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