The first real test of the autonomy of the Porsche Taycan 4S reveal a range of action broader than expected (and announced by Porsche).
The debate on the supposed autonomy or real electric cars continues to rage, and it is often fueled by the manufacturers themselves, as well as by standards (EPA, WLTP… ) to which the general public does not understand large thing.
Thus, in the high range, it seems established that the Tesla is the car that offers the greatest radius of action with a load. It is true that with an autonomy announced of 610 kilometers according to the standard WLTP for the Model S Autonomy, the american manufacturer does not fear for the time being not many people around. We also know that Porsche has been criticized for the low autonomy of its Taycan Turbo S, measured this time officially to 324 kilometres (201 miles) according to standard u.s. EPA.
Problem : in all these figures there is a tendency to compare cabbage and carrots, and finish off by mixing everything. Try to see a little more clearly. For example, it takes know – and this is a fundamental point – that the standard u.s. EPA, which has the reputation of being the closest to the reality, which is enacted by the Environment Protection Agency does not test all cars. Thus, the EPA has tested really the Porsche Taycan Turbo in the beginning of the year, but has not tested the latest version of the Tesla Model S. Therefore, the numbers of self-EPA of Tesla as you see it displayed on the website of the manufacturer are provided by… Tesla. This does not mean that they are false or deceptive, but that the purported differences with other brands may not be so important.
Only 16 kilometers from the difference of autonomy between the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S
This is what a comparative essay is very detailed made by Car and Driver has recently demonstrated. The american media has taken on the roads of California last February on the same day in the same conditions, a Tesla Model S Raven and a Porsche Taycan Turbo S for a thorough test on many criteria, including performance, and above all, autonomy. Their balance sheet is far from the official figures :
“More surprising still, the Porsche has held up well during our range test at 120 km/h. While the EPA says that there is a difference of 215 miles of range between the two, by extrapolating from our journey of 160 kilometres, the difference in the real world amounts to 16 miles for the Tesla. “
Car and Driver adds that the speed of charging of the Taycan also plays in its favour :
“The Taycan has also won the other test of speed (charging), the charge rate is always higher allowing him to recharge more quickly. The network of Tesla Supercharger account may be more stations, but it also has more users, and the Tesla owners have had to make long queues just to connect during peak hours. At the outpost to Electrify America, where we reloaded the Porsche, 15 other outlets remained unused for the whole time we were there. “
In ” real life “, one of the drivers of all the days who use their car under normal conditions (120 km/h is already a nice average), the Taycan Turbo S makes it so that 16 miles of range to the Tesla Model S. This can make the difference at the end of the race, but this is not what is not abysmal. Another american site, InsideEVs, he specialized in electro-mobility and rather famous for being very ” pro-tesla “, has traveled in a test in climatic conditions rather unfavourable (rain, wind, cold) 411 km (256 miles) on a single charge with the Taycan Turbo.
But we are talking about versions of the more powerful of the two cars, with a range that’s less important, because the power is usually found at the expense of the scope. But the game is changing, because in the meantime a new version of the Taycan, the 4S, has arrived on the market (108.000 euros). And the first tests have just been published, also by the american media. Road and Track has traveled 469 km (292 miles) in normal conditions, on-road and motorway, with the air conditioning and seat cooling turned on, while his colleague at Autoblog has reached 482 kilometers (300 miles), two on a single charge, of course.
So certainly, in terms of radius of action and know-how in the management of the batteries, the advantage remains to be Tesla, but it is tiny in reality, and we know from experience that the self-advertised cars from the californian brand is often very optimistic compared to the one seen by its users daily. Which apparently is not the case for Porsche. It could even be that this is the inverse. We can check this part in a trial of Taycan programmed at the end of may if the Covid-19 is not again of his own by then.