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Tesla-Fighting Porsche Taycan Goes the Distance in Endurance Test

Covers thousands of miles in 24 hours of high-speed driving

Covers thousands of miles in 24 hours of high-speed driving

We’ve already received an in-depth, passenger-seat preview of the all-electric Porsche Taycan—and its performance earns the red-and-gold crest on its hood. But what about its daily usability? Battery range and charge times are barriers against electric vehicle adoption; “refueling” an electric car still just isn’t as convenient. However, Porsche has been working to develop quick-recharge technology apace with its upcoming sports sedan EV, which was demonstrated in a 24-hour endurance test at Italy’s famed Nardo high-speed test track.

In a full day, the Taycan prototype covered a distance of 2,128.1 miles (3,424.8 km), with cruising speeds kept between 121 and 133 mph (195 and 214 km/h). Stops were only made for necessary recharging and driver changes. Porsche didn’t elucidate on the number of stops needed or its charging strategy for the test, but suffice to say the car was kept off the cable and on the track as much as possible.

This running also demonstrated the Taycan’s thermal management system. Battery output and charge rates are susceptible to temperature changes, so keeping the Taycan’s power source in an ideal zone for power output and charge acceptance was critical to the distance covered. No easy feat, considering the day’s 107-degree Fahrenheit peak temperature, but the Taycan’s cooling system works to minimize power losses to heat while in motion, and cool it down for efficient charging when stopped.

Porsche Taycan EV Recharging at 320 kW DC Station

The Taycan uses an 800-volt electrical system which can use DC fast charging to add 60 miles (97 km) of range in about four minutes, or nearly 250 miles (402 km) in about 15 minutes; total range is projected to be above 300 miles (483 km). That recharging ability hinges on Porsche’s own 320-kW DC chargers which were key to the distance achieved.

By our rough calculations, a Panamera Turbo would be able to cover quite a bit more ground in the same test. Assuming a 21-mpg (11.2-L/100 km) average at 121 mph (195 km/h) yields about a 497-mile (800-km) range from its 23.7-gallon tank. With six three-minute refueling stops, the nearest equivalent gas-powered Porsche could cover about 2,868 miles (4,615 km) in 24 hours. Still, over 2,100 all-electric miles (3,380 km) in a day should quell most drivers’ anxiety about the Taycan getting wherever they need to go.

There’s still lots to learn about and be proven by the Taycan, but regardless it will mark a new chapter for Porsche as its first all-electric vehicle. Expect further updates on MotorTrend.com leading up to the vehicle’s September 4 premiere.

Source: Porsche