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Porsche Taycan range, battery & charging

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

Porsche Taycan
Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£70,690 - £139,166
Fuel Type:
Electric
RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
253-301 miles 79-93kWh11hrs 30mins-13hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)20mins (20-80%, 270kW)

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 79.2kWh unit offers a usable capacity of 71kWh and a range of between 253 (Taycan 4S) and 268 miles (Taycan), while the bigger 93.4kWh (83.7kWh usable) battery boosts this to 287 or 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. 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 official range pushes the 300-mile mark, but the reality is that 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. As with any electric car, range is affected by the weather, wheel size and your driving style.  

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. It's worth noting that entry-level cars with the smaller battery can only charge 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. 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 such an expensive 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.

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 79kWh Taycan/Taycan 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.

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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