The EPA Regulation Decision on the Taycan
The Porsche Taycan has finally released, much to the excitement of the initial customers, but some initial news from the EPA definitely was not what Porsche enthusiasts around the US wanted to hear; they chose to give the Porsche Taycan Turbo a limited range of 201 miles only, with the expectation that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S will be even lower.
This actually comes as a surprise, as the European equivalent to the EPA group actually gave the Porsche Taycan Turbo a much longer range of up to 279 miles. However, Porsche’s statements definitely show that this was almost an expected outcome for their sports-electric vehicle: “We sought to build a true Porsche, balancing legendary performance our customers expect of our products with range sufficient to meet their everyday needs.” Per Porsche, the Taycan is built for local city driving and showcasing the performance every Porsche enthusiast expects to see from a Porsche vehicle.
But here’s where the real kicker comes in. Not only, as stated earlier, did the Taycan receive a much better rating out in Europe by the WLTP, but Porsche then requested an independent test from AMCI Testing: The results were much closer to the WLTP than the EPA, with an average range of 275 miles based on the Taycan Turbo performance over 5 days. Following that, one of the first customers brought up that they’ve done 117 “fun” miles in poor weather conditions, and battery life was only at 46%. Electrek.com was kind enough to do the math, and that comes out to a driving range of 254 miles.
So overall, no matter what the EPA might say, it looks like the Taycan will turn out to be a fantastic Porsche for performance, drivability, and even efficiency.