Wait…an electric Porsche? Seriously?
Yes, seriously. The Porsche Taycan is here, and this electric supercar is expected be in high demand for 2020.
If there’s one automobile that’d be an obvious competitor to the Taycan, it’d be the Tesla Model S. Let’s run through some features and specs for these two cars:
Drivetrain: The Porsche Taycan uses Permanently Excited Synchronous Motors, with rectangular rather than circular coils on the motors. This means wires can be packed more tightly into the coils, yielding more power and torque with the same dimensions of coils. The Tesla Model S’s motors are a three-phase, four-pole AC induction design with copper rotors.
Acceleration and top speed: The Porsche will get you to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds, and can hit 100 mph in less than 12 seconds. The P100D variant of the Tesla, on the other hand, can run 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. Both electric sports cars are software-limited for a top end of 155 mph.
- Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors.
- Porsche Recuperation Management.
Taycan Turbo S with up to 560kW (750 HP) Overboost Power with Launch Control from 0–60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Nearing Tesla's 2.5 seconds.
- Braking with the electric Porsche is split between retarding the motor and actually activating the brakes, with most braking force coming from the motor. This means a leg up in efficiency compared to the competition.
- The electric Porsche has a 670 horsepower motor; owing to the placement of its battery pack, it has a lower center of gravity than the current top of the pack from Porsche, the 911 GT3.
Battery & Charging Comparison
Battery and range: The electric Porsche features an 800-volt battery pack with 4-volt cells, while the Tesla Model S uses 4.2 volt cells and a 75 kWh or 100 kWh microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion design. The Porsche Taycan’s range is right around 310 miles, while the Tesla Model S is good for 259 to 335 miles.
Charging: A quick charge with the electric Porsche will bring you up to 80% charge in 15 minutes. A full charge on the Tesla will take 7.75 to 9.5 hours at 220V.
“Recharging at Electrify America's fast chargers doesn't let you doze or settle into a book like the old days—the Turbo S added 100 miles in 17 minutes at a 150-kW unit (seeing a peak of 138) and 11 minutes at a super-powerful 350-kW charger (peaking at 261 kW). Waiting for 150 miles needed 28 and 20 minutes, respectively.” - MOTORTREND
- The Taycan uses an 800-volt system voltage instead of the usual 400 volts.
- The Taycan Turbo and the Turbo S have battery packs with a total capacity of 93.4kWh.
- The battery of the Taycan is integrated into the car’s cooling circuit via a line system and a coolant pump that allows it to operate in an ideal temperature window.
- Being able to get an 80% charge in 15 minutes is a huge plus for the Porsche Taycan. That’s compared to a half-hour (on a supercharger charging station) for the Tesla to reach the same level of charge, and 45 minutes for the newest Jaguar all-electric SUV.
Although style may be in the eye of the beholder, the Porsche Taycan comes from a long line of iconic stylings and knows how to effortlessly curate a luxury vehicle. Three attributes that make this next generation Porsche standout include its’ Four-point LED headlights, Side air intakes and 16.8 inch curved display. The Tesla models all offer similar simplistic design elements and are missing some of the more refined elements your getting from a Porsche. Including color and trim options that bring characteristic one usually expects from a luxury vehicle.
Couple all these bleeding-edge design features with the sleek, low-slung, sexy look of the Taycan (and of course the cachet that goes along with the Porsche nameplate) and you’ve got a pretty tempting package. Step into the 2020 Porsche Taycan today, come by Porsche Exchange at Highland Park, IL for a test drive.