The Porsche Taycan Turbo's EPA Range Of 320 KM Is So Bad Porsche Requested An Independent Test
Justin T. Westbrook and Jalopnik
Dec 12, 2019, 10:00am⋅ Filed to:
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When the 2020 Porsche Taycan first debuted as the Mission E concept, the company claimed the car would achieve up to 300 miles (480 km) of range. But today, the EPA announced its estimated range for the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo is just 201 miles (320 km), leading Porsche to go and do its own independent tests as damage control.
The U.S. government’s fuel economy site lists the Porsche Taycan Turbo’s range capacity at just 320 km—far shorter than the estimated 450 km range of the European WLTP testing standard for the same car.
This ranks the Taycan Turbo worse on range in the U.S. than every current Tesla model, the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Audi E-Tron, and the Jaguar I-Pace. Nearly all of these vehicles feature a smaller battery than the Porsche’s 93.4 kWh pack.
While one could argue the Taycan pushes for sustainable, repeatable performance—something Tesla has had issues with despite its impressive numbers—and that priority may have hurt its long-range distance on a charge, that doesn’t excuse how bad this all looks.
Seemingly in anticipation of poor EPA figures, Porsche has already done independent testing to try and improve the Taycan Turbo’s reputation. Porsche got AMCI testing to determine its own range estimates in various simulated real-world environments. The result was an estimated range of 275 miles (442 km):