We could all use a little more science in our lives.
Porsche is bringing out the big guns for its electric Taycan sports sedan. It got Bill Nye The Science Guy to do a five-part video series on the new EV, explaining its 800-volt battery, clever aerodynamics, regenerative braking, two-speed transmission and repeatable performance.
As a quick reminder, the base Porsche Taycan costs about $80,000 and delivers 402 hp and 254 lb-ft from a single rear motor. That's good for a sprint time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. The Taycan 4S is $103,000 and comes with two motors for a total of 522 hp in base form with 227 miles of range. The Taycan Turbo and Turbo S are the fastest with 670 hp and 750 hp respectively. Those sprint times are 3 seconds and 2.6 seconds. The Turbo starts at $150,900.
These are short clips, less than two minutes apiece. The first is on repeat performance, and Nye explains how the Taycan can get to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds over, and over, and over. It starts with Nye showing a battery-powered toothbrush, and explaining how as the battery dies, so does the performance.
He goes on to look at the aero, complete with little cartoon drawings and a scene in front of an industrial fan, noting that the Taycan is the slipperiest Porsche ever with a coefficient of drag of just 0.22. If you'll remember, the new Mercedes EQS has a cd of 0.20. Nye's skill here is explaining things in a manner everyone can understand, even children.
The regenerative braking, 800-volt system and two-speed trans videos are the same. They're quick hits, giving you basic info on a new and very complicated vehicle.
We could see this as a common thing going forward, especially with the leaps in technology planned over the next few years. Maybe your next car purchase comes with a thumb drive or even just a link, going over everything in the owner's manual, and more, covering the basic systems. Knowledge on a car that you own is power, and we could all use more of that.
Check out one more video below, and the rest at Porsche's YouTube channel.