Porsche Taycan crushes electric car travel anxiety

  • Porsche drove one of its electric Taycans from Los Angeles to New York and spent just 2.5 hours charging.
  • It broke the previous nationwide charging record by nearly five hours.
  • It shows that long electric car journeys are easy with a fast-charging car and the right route.

Between finding working charging stations and spending hours plugged in, traveling long distances in an electric car can be daunting. After all, you can fill a tank of gas in five minutes and be on your way. But you may need to plug in for 30 or 40 minutes – sometimes much longer – to recharge a battery.

The era of the electric car won’t kill the great American road trip, as Porsche proved recently. Last month, the company said it took one of its Taycan electric sedans on a 2,834.5-mile trip from Los Angeles to New York and spent just 2 hours, 26 minutes and 48 seconds stopped at bollards. charging.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan.

Porsche


Porsche broke the previous all-terrain electric vehicle charging record by almost five hours. More importantly, the company has shown that electric car journeys are perfectly doable – and may not require as much fuss and sacrifice as you might think. On a normal road trip across the country, most people would probably stop well over 2.5 hours between toilet breaks and food stops.

Of course, this was a meticulously planned marketing event, not an impromptu trip. But there are still valid takeaways. Mainly, as electric car charging gets faster – and high-powered charging stations become more plentiful – long EV journeys won’t cause the headaches they now can.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan.

Porsche


The 2021 Taycan used here can do 225 EPA-rated miles on a full battery, but independent range tests suggest it can do at least 300 miles — possibly significantly more — under optimal conditions. That still doesn’t put it at the top of the heap: a Tesla Model S can go over 400 miles, while the Lucid Air is rated at over 500.

But the Taycan is among the fastest electric cars you can buy. It can accept a charge rate of 350 kilowatts, allowing it to add 75% of its battery capacity in 22.5 minutes, according to Porsche. At one stop, the Taycan took just 22 minutes to recharge from 6% to 82%, the company said.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan.

Porsche


That kind of load capacity is a rarity in today’s market, but it’s slowly making its way into mainstream models like Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 SUV. In addition, charging stations capable of providing so much energy are still rare, and large parts of the country are still sorely lacking in charging infrastructure. (Porsche used the Electrify America charging network, owned by its parent company, Volkswagen.)

Yet Porsche’s journey suggests a fast-charging future where electric vehicles are just as convenient to cruise around as gas-powered cars, even without the pressure of a Guinness World Record.

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