Entry-Level Porsche Taycan EPA Range Is Not What We Expected

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Once again, the EPA's range rating for the Porsche Taycan is very conservative.

At the start of the year, Porsche introduced the most affordable Taycan yet. Slotting below the 4S and Turbo, the new Porsche Taycan Base model starts at $79,900, which is considerably cheaper than the range-topping Turbo S that will set you back at least $185,000.

Offered exclusively with rear-wheel-drive, the entry-level Taycan utilizes a single rear-mounted electric motor producing 402 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque in over-boost mode and is powered by a 79.3-kWh lithium-ion battery. Upgrading to the Performance Battery Plus option increases the output to 469 hp and 263 lb-ft and adds a 93.4-kWh battery. But how does its range compare to its more expensive Taycan siblings?

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We now know the answer because EPA has released range figures for the base Taycan. According to the EPA, the entry-level 2021 Porsche Taycan will last 200 miles on a single charge when equipped with the standard 79.2-kilowatt-hour battery and 225 miles with the 93.4-kWh Performance Battery Plus.

This is slightly worse than the Taycan 4S, which has an EPA-estimated range of 227 miles with the bigger battery, which is surprising - we were expecting it to be more efficient since the 4S has a dual motor setup. Considering it costs $24,900 less than the 4S, the base Taycan is still a very attractive option, though.

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The Taycan Turbo, on the other hand, will cover 212 miles on a single charge according to the EPA. Unsurprisingly, the Turbo S has the worst range, with EPA claiming it will last 202 miles on a single charge. It's worth noting, however, that the EPA's range estimates for the Taycan have been notoriously conservative.

Last year, a Porsche dealership told us the Taycan Turbo S has a maximum real-world range of 269 miles and should be able to cover around 300 miles if you drive it conservatively. Porsche is also keen to highlight that the base Taycan achieved 282 miles of range during an independent test by AMCI Testing.

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