The EPA numbers are in, but Porsche doesn't like them.
Back when Porschefirst showed the Taycan as the Mission E concept, the German automaker boldly claimed it to be a "sports car that covers over 300 miles with superb performance." Fast forward a few years, and the Porsche Taycan is in production, and the EPA estimated range numbers have finally come in. According to the government agency, it makes 68 MPGe on the highway and 71 MPGe in the city, with a range of 201 miles. A far cry from the 300 miles Porsche aimed for and lower than any current Tesla model on the market. That should give theTesla fanboy commenters some good fodder for a while.
Porsche is downplaying the announcement and told TechCrunch that "We sought to build a true Porsche, balancing legendary performance our customers expect of our products with range sufficient to meet their everyday needs. The Taycan is a phenomenal car built to perform and drive as a Porsche should. We stand by that."
In another statement, Porsche says that "real-world range is the more important figure," which, essentially, suggests the EPA is wrong. Porsche also sent out an email to its dealer network, sharing additional data to show stronger performance in the "real world."
According to that email, Porsche called on AMCI Testing to conduct independent tests. Over a five-cycle period, AMCI testing has come up with a range of 275 miles for the Taycan Turbo. In "Range mode," it went 288 miles in the city. The problem Porsche faces is that the window sticker will show the EPA's 201-mile estimate, and most of the competition will go further on a charge. While the Chevy Bolt isn't a performance vehicle, that will go 259 miles on a 100 kWh battery while the Tesla Model S Performance is capable of 348 miles. Both do so on a 100 kWh battery while the Taycan Turbo uses a 93.4 kWh unit.