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Porsche Taycan range, battery & charging

The Porsche Taycan has a long range regardless of which version you go for, and its rapid-charging capability is among the fastest of any electric car right now

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£72,850 - £139,616
Fuel Type:
Electric
ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Taycan (79kWh)220-268 miles11hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)21mins (10-80%, 225kW)
Taycan (93kWh)253-301 miles13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)19mins (10-80%, 262kW)
Taycan 4S (79kWh)208-254 miles11hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)21mins (10-80%, 225kW)
Taycan 4S (93kWh)242-288 miles13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)19mins (10-80%, 262kW)
Taycan Turbo (93kWh)238-281 miles13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)19mins (10-80%, 262kW)
Taycan Turbo S (93kWh)242-258 miles13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)19mins (10-80%, 262kW)

There are currently four 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, Turbo and Turbo S models.

Both the Taycan and Taycan 4S get two battery options. The cheaper 79kWh unit offers a usable capacity of 71kWh and a range of between 254 miles (Taycan 4S) and 268 miles (Taycan), while the bigger 93kWh battery (with nearly 84kWh usable capacity) battery boosts this to 288 and 301 miles respectively. The latter is the longest range of any Taycan model currently on sale.

The Turbo and Turbo S both get the bigger battery only, but the latter model is more powerful and so sacrifices some range. Coming in behind the 100kWh unit in the Tesla Model S and the 108kWh giant in the Mercedes EQS, this is one of the biggest batteries 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 Taycan’s longest official range figure (for the entry-level, rear-drive model with the larger battery) just breaches the 300-mile mark, but the reality is that the bigger-battery models will likely do 230-250 miles in warmer weather with varied use. Cold weather affects the range of all electric cars, so expect around 200 miles from the smaller-battery models when the temperature drops.

We’re really impressed with the range calculator on Porsche’s website, which factors in things like the weather, wheel size, driving style and more to give you realistic distances to expect – 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 some of the fastest charging capability of any electric car on sale, with a maximum rate of nearly 270kW possible using the car’s CCS port. It's worth noting, however, that Taycans with the smaller battery can only charge at up to 225kW.

For now, these top speeds are only available at a few dozen stations around Europe, most of which are operated by IONITY. At 270kW, the Taycan will charge from 10 to 80% in around 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 10-80% on a bigger-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 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, every time.

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 such an expensive car only exacerbates that. Still, just make sure that you add the 150kW DC Charger option and you have one of the fastest-charging electric cars on sale, limited only by the speed of the charger you plug into.

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 93kWh battery or 11 hours for the 79kWh 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 home 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 now 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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