When it comes to pure electric driving, one of the biggest concerns is range anxiety, especially when someone is accustomed to driving long distances before making a quick stop for fuel. It’s a real problem, but the folks at Porsche, who tirelessly worked on the forthcoming Taycan, have proven that the brand’s electric drivetrain is more than ready for real world use.
To demonstrate this, Porsche deployed six test drivers to drive a pre-production Taycan at the Nardò high-speed track in Italy to prove its point. The result is quite simply astonishing – the Taycan covered exactly 3,425 kilometres in the span of 24 hours, a distance equivalent to driving from Singapore to Georgetown, Penang a total of five times.
This was achieved under the scorching Italian summer heat (track temperature rose up to 54 degrees Celsius), with speeds averaging between 195 km/h and 215 km/h – both are conditions which would drain battery capacity by a significant amount. The test was carried out without interruptions, with the Taycan merely requiring quick stops for charging and driver changes. There was also a quality assurance test as part of the endurance and hot climate test.
The biggest factor that enabled this feat is Porsche’s 800-volt electrical system, as well as several 800-volt high-power charging stations by Porsche Engineering Group. At launch, the Taycan will be the first fully electric production vehicle to benefit from the state-of-the-art tech, one which helped the 900-hp 919 Hybridwin the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in a row.
When plugged into an 800-volt charger, four minutes of charging yields 100 km of range
Porsche claims that the 800-volt system enables consistent high performance while reducing charge times and decreases the weight and packaging space for wiring harnesses. It also boasts sophisticated thermal management, thanks to an advanced network of computers that manage heating and cooling of the high-voltage components.
It’s exactly this that allowed the Taycan to perform the 0-200 km/h full acceleration test a total of 26 consecutive times. The average acceleration time was just under 10 seconds, and the difference between the fastest and the slowest attempts was 0.8 seconds. The 800-volt system also prevents potential power losses due to excessive heat generation and ensures that the optimum temperature for the most efficient charging process is achieved when the vehicle arrives at a charging station.
“The Taycan mastered this ambitious endurance run without any problems. The result achieved in Nardò highlights the advantages of the unique 800-volt technology and its high maturity level. Before the Taycan is launched on the market at the end of the year, we will have covered over six million test kilometres across the globe,” said Stefan Weckbach, vice president of product line Taycan.