2023 Porsche Taycan RWD Range Test
A few weeks ago, Porsche announced an important software update that will improve the fleet performance of more than 75,000 Taycans currently in operation, including the driving range.
We contacted the automaker to see to test the claim and run Taycan using its brand new program through an InsideEVs 70 miles range test.
Porsche was on board that we should be the first news source to test drive the Taycan using the brand new software, which will be available on all vehicles in 2023 and is accessible to dealerships for download for all models from the previous year.
InsideEVs test vehicle was a rear-wheel basis 2022 drive Taycan with stunning Frozen Berry. It was among the first Taycans that we tested in the US (and it might be the first) to be equipped with the 2023 program.
Although this RWD Base Taycan comes with the highest EPA distance rating at 250 miles, We would prefer to conduct this test using an all-wheel drive Taycan because Porsche said that all-wheel drive Taycans would experience a more impressive improvement in range compared to previous years.
This is because, on AWD models, the latest software will de-energize the front motor when operating in range and normal driving settings. Porsche realized from extensive tests that there are substantial efficiency improvements by disconnecting and de-energizing the front engine.
If the vehicle is on a coast or at a standstill, the axles are completely free of torque from the drive, and freewheeling decreases drag loss due to friction, improving the vehicle’s range.
But the rear-wheel drive Taycan will also benefit from software improvements, and our tests proved to be so. We ran the InsideEVs 70-mph range test on a standard RWD Taycan in the past and came up with 297.3 miles. During this time, with worse driving conditions (wind and topography), we ended up with 305.6 miles.
We believe we were in the same conditions as the initial test. The Taycan equipped with the latest software might have been several miles more, and we ended up with between 300-315 miles.
|Segment Of The Test||Average Efficiency||Miles Driven||Total Miles|
|100% to 75%||3.86 mi/kWh||87||87|
|75% to 50%||3.73 mi/kWh||77||164|
|50% to 25%||3.68 mi/kWh||72||236|
|25% to 0%||3.66 mi/kWh||69||305|
The Tests We Have in Our Collection
We’d like to make it evident that our range tests aren’t 100% accurate. Some variables, such as traffic, wind, and weather, are beyond our control. We do the best we can to manage the things we can.
We always set the tire at the recommended pressure recommended by the manufacturer, cross-check the speedometer using a GPS for accuracy, and put the car at its most effective driving mode. For instance, in the case of the Porsche Taycan, that’s”Range” “Range” driver mode. We have set the climate control to approximately 68 deg to 70 deg and on the fan with the lowest setting unless additional cooling or heating is required to keep an ambience comfortable.
We charge the car up to 100 per cent before we begin the test. Restart the trip meter, and then drive off in a matter of minutes or within a few miles. Then, we drive at a constant speed of 70 miles per hour and on long loops to finish where we began, at least as close to it as possible.
Conditions of driving, temperature and topography can influence the range of an electric vehicle, and our range tests of 70 mph are only a rough guideline of roughly what you could expect to see if you drove the same model in similar conditions.
Article credits: Insideevs.com