Porsche’s electric range claim for the Taycan Turbo have been dealt a blow by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The government agency has assessed the mid-range Taycan and determined its total electric range to be just 201 miles (323km).
The EPA has yet to assess the Taycan 4S or Turbo S. It has assessed the Model S Standard Range, however, and found it achieved an electric range of 458km.
The government agency’s rating puts the Taycan Turbo’s range below that of almost every other electric vehicle on sale despite its sizeable 93.4kWh battery pack.
The Taycan is even bested by electric vehicles from mainstream brands, such as the Nissan Leaf. When equipped with the 60kWh battery option not currently sold here, Nissan's EV achieves an electric range of 363km.
The company’s testing rebuts the EPA’s rating – in a mix of city and highway driving, AMCI found the Porsche achieved a total range of 442km. That’s just a few kays off the Taycan’s WLTP rating.
Porsche has never said it set out to conquer the Tesla Model S’s electric range, however, as the Taycan was developed as a more explicitly performance-focused EV.
Porsche engineers targeted, among other things, power degradation following successive applications of heavy throttle.
Unfortunately for Porsche, the EPA figure is going to be printed on the Taycan’s window sticker in the US.
For American buyers who are looking for a luxury EV first and foremost and not a performance vehicle, the Taycan’s sticker is going to reveal a car that’s pricier than almost every Tesla Model S but with a lower electric range than entry-level EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt.
Porsche will also have to prepare for the possibility the pricier Turbo S will have an even lower range printed on its window sticker once the EPA assesses it.