Released here in March 2021, the Porsche Taycan is Porsche’s first foray into fully electric vehicles.
Amazingly, by the end of May 2021 cumulative sales of the Taycan had already made up over 50% of all new Australian Porsche passenger car sales.
Currently (July 2021) the Taycan is offered in three four-door sedan versions, with a further ‘low spec’ Taycan version and three SUV versions to come soon.1
Taycan: (not yet available)
2WD, 79 or 93kWh, 240kW motor, 5.4s 0-100km/h.
AWD, 79 or 93kWh, 320kW motor, 4s 0-100km/h.
AWD, 93kWh, 460kW motor, 3.2s 0-100km/h.
Taycan Turbo S:
AWD, 93kWh, 460kW motor, 2.8s 0-100km/h.
With its two large battery options, up to 11kW AC charging and a maximum DC charging capability of 225kW (for the 79kWh battery) and 270kW (for the 93kWh battery), the Taycan is capable of very fast recharging in most situations.
Porsche Taycan Variants
|Variant||Battery (kWh)||WLTP Range (km)||EPA Range (km)||Power Output (Nm)||Plug Types (AC/DC)||Max Charge Rate (AC/DC)||Price|
|Taycan||79||406||363||240||AC(Type2) DC(CCS2)||11/225||not yet released in Australia|
|Taycan||93||460||435||460||DC||270||not yet released in Australia|
|Taycan Turbo||93.4||450||400||850||AC(Type2)/ DC (CCS2)||270||$269 100+|
|Taycan Turbo S||93.4||412||385||1050||AC(Type2)/ DC(CCS2)||270||$339 100+|
|Taycan 4S||79.2||407||375||640||AC(Type2)/ DC(CCS2)||270||$191 000+|
Australian test standards are currently in a state of flux, with the Green Vehicle Guide showing some vehicle driving ranges using either the old (and highly over optimistic) European NEDC test cycle figure or the newer European WLTP test cycle figure. Around town, the WLTP figure is the best guide to range or, if doing outer suburban to regional driving – US EPA.
The Porsche Taycan is fitted with a CCS2 socket allowing it to charge via Type 2 AC chargers as well as via CCS2 DC fast-chargers.
The Taycan is fitted with the 3 phase capable type 2 AC socket. Using single phase AC it can charge at up to 7.2kW, or at up to 11kW using a suitable three phase outlet.
Charging speeds and times vary on the capacity of the EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) it is connected to and the chosen battery size. Charging times for the Taycan are shown in table 1 below.
DC fast charging
The Taycan uses the CCS2 DC fast-charge connector.
The CCS2 DC charge connector is fitted to all new EVs sold in Australia (except the Nissan Leaf).
Porsche Taycan Time to Charge (hrs)
|Battery size (kWh)||15A socket 1 Phase (2.4kW)||15A 1 phase (3.6kW)||32A 1 phase (7.2kW)||16A 3 phase (11kW)||DC Fast Charge (min)*|
HOME CHARGING CONSIDERATIONS
Home charging considerations
To get the shortest home charging time for a Taycan, an 11kW three phase AC EVSE would be needed.
However, depending on your existing power supply and/or charging needs, a lower rated EVSE may only be practicable, or needed. (See notes below). Lower capacity EVSEs will increase charging times, as shown in table 1 above.
The Taycan also comes with a Mode 2 portable EVSE for plugging into a 10A power point. Charging with this EVSE will take almost 40hrs to do a 0 – 100% charge.
Porsche Taycan Specifications
|Rear cargo space (litres)||Rear cargo space with rear seats folded (litres)||Front cargo space (litres)||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Width with mirrors (mm)||Height (mm)||Tow Rating (braked / unbraked)|