When the approved autonomies of the Porsche Taycan were released under the strict American EPA cycle, many were disappointed to find that the first electric car of the renowned German brand achieved surprisingly low figures. In essence, the Taycan Turbo remained at 323 km range, while the Taycan Turbo S barely reached 309 km. This making it the least efficient electric car on the North American market.
However, since then, there have been many journalists who have stated that, in real conditions, the Porsche model achieves a much greater autonomy than that approved under the EPA cycle. New to the US market, the Taycan 4S access version (where it is only available with the most massive battery, the 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus), has just been tested by Autoblog journalist Dan Edmunds. He claims that its range is much higher than the 327 km EPA estimated for the model.
When Edmunds tests an electric car, he performs a standard route to measure his autonomy, which consists of a sort of 336-kilometer circuit on all kinds of roads. Recently the journalist obtained a more than striking 462 km of autonomy with the Taycan Turbo. Now he wants to repeat the test with the Taycan 4S to see if it is capable of improving the registry.
The results of the model have been even more impressive than those of the superior version, with a range of about 484 km per charge. Therefore, the Taycan 4S has been able to slightly exceed the range of the Taycan Turbo. Even though both variants have the same battery, the second powertrain is much more performance.
Under the European WLTP approval cycle, the Taycan 4S achieves 463 km. In comparison, the Taycan Turbo remains at 450 km (Taycan 4S with the Performance Battery complies with 407 km, while the Taycan Turbo S reaches 412 km). Therefore, Edmunds has been able to slightly exceed even the WLTP autonomy of the German model. Something that speaks highly of the vehicle’s efficiency in real conditions. It is still not entirely clear why the Taycan achieves such small autonomies under the EPA cycle. However, it serves as an example to demonstrate that the approved figures are indicative, both upward and downward.