Among the electric vehicles of reference, we find the Porsche Taycan, which hides many advantages under its beautiful body. Today we are going to focus on its ability to carve the road in our landmark attractions. Will you do better than the competition?
Billed as one of the rivals to the Tesla Model S, the Porsche Taycan is much more than a sedan with a nice pencil stroke. Indeed, the German manufacturer has wanted to maintain the DNA of the brand, while offering a 100% electric model out of the ordinary. The least we can say is that it is a successful test, since the Taycan quickly established itself as one of the benchmarks in the luxury electric sedan segment.
However, we are not going to be interested in its high-flying performance or the sensations behind the wheel, since it will only be in its ability to cover several hundred kilometers at highway speeds that we will judge the Porsche Taycan.
In order to compare the different vehicles in this exercise, we use the following rules: the departure is at 100% battery, the arrival at 20% and the vehicle must circulate at the maximum speeds. After going back to the characteristics of the Porsche Taycan, we will plan the two reference routes and then compare the results with other electric cars that have already done the exercise. Below, you will find a summary table for this purpose, to determine where the car you are interested in is in relation to the others.
The characteristics of the Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Taycan has an 800 volt battery, which allows it to be one of the champions of fast charging. In fact, with a maximum charging power of 270 kW and charges from 5 to 80% in less than 23 minutestraveling in a Porsche Taycan poses few problems.
Today we select the model with the greatest autonomy, namely the Porsche Taycan 4S, Performance Plus battery (93 kWh). Its autonomy in the WLTP mixed cycle reaches 463 kilometersbut as you know, it is not possible to run this distance at high speed.
We will use all the charging networks within our reach, such as Ionity, Allego or Totalenergies, with the aim of reaching our destination as soon as possible. Since trips are mostly on highways, we probably won’t plan a stop at Tesla superchargers, which have the double disadvantage of being limited to 400 volts (so charging is slower) and often off highways. (then a detour is necessary) .
As usual, A Better Route Planner will be used to plan the routes, with the default consumption reference for the car model considered today.
In order not to benefit any electric car, We start trips at 100% battery, taking into account that you have to pay for this filling at the average price per kWh in France, currently at 0.17 euros. The 93 kWh then represent 16 eurosand when it’s time to do the math, we’ll add this amount to the cost of fast charging.
The first major route leaves from Orleans towards Arcachon (530 kilometres), thus simulating a typical summer route. The winter route connects Caen with Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (850 kilometres), thus combining length and positive slope.
For the summer route, the parameters shown in A Better Route Planner are the following: 25 degrees Celsius outside temperature, no wind, arrival at a charging station with 10% battery remaining, and arrival at destination with 20 %. For the winter trip, it is essentially the same, apart from the weather, where we choose a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.
The balance of the different routes
There’s no time to waste in a Porsche Taycan
About planning this summer trip, A Better Route Planner offers us two rather short charging stops: less than ten minutes each time. It is possible to do the same trip on a single charge in between, but it will take longer.
Still, with a total journey time of 4 hours and 51 minutes, the Porsche Taycan proves that it is, of course, made to carve out the road and travel. An Allego terminal is used for the first load and an Ionity station for the second.
Total, 18 minutes of charging cost about 45 eurosto which must be added the initial home charge. The total cost of the journey thus reaches 61 euros. The estimated fuel consumption is 226 Wh/km, that is, a maximum autonomy of 410 kilometers in these conditions.
Less than an hour of charging for 850 kilometers in winter
When temperatures drop, electric vehicles are no longer as efficient. In fact, in addition to the dizzying increase in consumption, some electric cars struggle to maintain optimal fast charging capacity. It doesn’t seem to affect the Porsche Taycan, which asks Less than an hour of charging to travel 850 kilometers at 0 degrees.
Four charges are offered (8, 22, 16 and 11 minutes) to reach your destination with 20% battery remaining, and the axis that takes the route between Caen and Chamonix is packed with fast chargers. Engie, Ionity and Totalenergies are used on this route, for a total price of around 130 euros.
By adding the load at home, Thus we obtain a price of 146 euros for this winter trip in a Porsche Taycan. Finally, keep in mind that the estimated autonomy with the consumption of 266 Wh/km on this route is 350 kilometers, that is, 15% less than in summer conditions.
Consumption, recharging cost and autonomy
We summarize the costs and charging times (including charging at home at 16 euros) in the following table. As we go through our examples, you’ll be able to visualize where the vehicle you’re interested in is in relation to others on a similar trip.
|Vehicle||summer trip cost||Summer trip loading time||Total summer travel time|
|Tesla Model 3 Propulsion||€36 – €49||31 minutes||5h09m|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||€31 – €45||13 – 25 minutes||4h 56min|
|EV6 58 kWh||€52 – €60||38 – 43 minutes||5h30min|
|bmw i4||€48 – €58||22 – 37 minutes||5h11min|
|hyundai ioniq 5||€72||36 minutes||5h16min|
|mercedes benz eqs||€44||14 minutes||4h 48min|
|Tesla Model Y Propulsion||€46||34 minutes||5h30min|
|MG MG4 64 kWh||€66||49 minutes||5h 39min|
|Renault Megane E-Tech EV60||€67||56 minutes||5h 40min|
|EV6 77 kWh||€56||26 minutes||5h07min|
|Hyundai Kona 64 kWh||€61||58 minutes||5h47min|
|Peugeot e-208||€73||1 hour 13 minutes||6h09m|
|Tesla Model S Plaid||€46||14 minutes||4h 52min|
|Tesla model S||€34||9 minutes||4h 47min|
|Skoda Enyak iV 80||€51||27 minutes||5h01min|
|Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe 60||€58||42 minutes||5h19m|
|VW ID. Buzz||€82||48 minutes||5h 37min|
|MG MG5||€55||1 hour 03 minutes||5h40min|
|porsche taycan||€61||19 minutes||4h 51min|
|Mercedes EQE 300||€43||23 minutes||4h 54min|
|Cupra Born VZ XL||€48||33 minutes||5h05min|
|Vehicle||winter travel cost||Winter trip charging time||Total travel time in winter|
|Tesla Model 3 Propulsion||€102||1 hour 42 minutes||9:16 a.m.|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||€101.3||1 hour 02 minutes||8h27|
|EV6 58 kWh||€120||1hr 54min||9:59 a.m.|
|bmw i4||€147||1 hour 32 minutes||9:08 a.m.|
|hyundai ioniq 5||€145||1hr 29min||9:14 a.m.|
|mercedes benz eqs||€115||50 minutes||8:03 a.m.|
|Tesla Model Y Propulsion||€120||1 hour 46 minutes||9:42 a.m.|
|MG MG4||€109 – €141||2h23min||10:02 a.m.|
|Renault Megane E-Tech EV60||€104 – €139||2h12min||9:49 a.m.|
|EV6 77 kWh||€143||1 hour 14 minutes||8h 54min|
|Hyundai Kona 64 kWh||€98 – €132||2h24min||10:01 a.m.|
|Peugeot e-208||€168||2h 49min||10:59 a.m.|
|Tesla Model S Plaid||€104||42 minutes||8:05 a.m.|
|Tesla model S||€88||33 minutes||7:55 a.m.|
|Skoda Enyak iV 80||€113||1 hour 18 minutes||8h33m|
|Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe 60||€118||1 hour 46 minutes||9:04 a.m.|
|VW ID. Buzz||€182||2h04min||9:41 a.m.|
|MG MG5||€122||2h36min||10:01 a.m.|
|porsche taycan||€146||58 minutes||8:05 a.m.|
|Mercedes EQE 300||€112||1 hour 09 minutes||8:32 a.m.|
|Cupra Born VZ XL||€108||1 hour 41 minutes||9:06 a.m.|
The Porsche Taycan feels at home on long journeys
Is it cheap to travel in a Porsche Taycan? This is a question that is posed here, though people who can afford such a vehicle are probably not within a few tens of euros on long journeys. However, when different vehicles need to be compared, this exercise sometimes allows one to decide between them. We have considered here that the kilowatt hour of fast charging costs 0.70 euros to simplify the calculations, but keep in mind that depending on the operators and the subscriptions, certain charges may be more or less expensive.
Among the rivals of the Taycan we find in particular the Tesla Model S and the Mercedes EQS. First on the winter ride, the Mercedes EQS has a slightly lower charging time than the Porsche Taycan (50 vs. 58 minutes), but the Tesla Model S remains well ahead, with just over half an hour of expected charging. In terms of cost, The Porsche Taycan is priced at 17 euros for 100 kilometers of route in winteragain well ahead of the Tesla Model S (€10.50/100 km) and the Mercedes EQS (€13.5/100 km).
The main reasons are on the side of the the size of the battery, which is slightly smaller in the Porsche Taycan, and the consumption, which is slightly higher. On the summer route, the finding is identical, although with a smaller difference in level between the three vehicles. The Tesla Model S takes just 9 minutes to charge, compared to 14 for the Mercedes EQS and 19 for the Porsche Taycan.
The cost per 100 kilometers on the summer route is also much lower, with 11.50 euros, the equivalent of a thermal car that consumes 6 liters approximately every 100 kilometers. If the Porsche Taycan doesn’t do as well as the Mercedes EQS or Tesla Model S on this exercise, it has other advantages that fans of the German brand will no doubt recognize.
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