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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 15.3 - 19.3 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 7.7 - 9.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 2.3 - 2.9 miles/kWh
  • Promised 280 mile range
  • Super-fast recharging
  • Network hasn't caught up yet

Let's talk about the good bits before we ramp up the complication when it comes to driving and charging a Porsche Taycan. Firstly the Turbo offers a promised range of 280 miles, while this is reduced slighty in the more powerful Turbo S to 256 miles.

Because it uses 800v tech this car can use thinner, lighter cables without affecting the power output, helping efficiency and the amount of available interior space.

It also unlocks charging speeds hitherto unseen, even in a Tesla - with claims of a five minute top up pumping 62 miles into the battery, and the ability to go from 5-80% in 22.5 minutes.

There's a caveat, of course. In order to use the full 270kW peak charging capacity, you'll need to find an 800v charger - currently only possible at just a couple of stations in the UK.

Porsche Taycan 2019 charging green

At a more regular 400v charger that figure drops considerably to just 50kW, unless you spend £294 on the optional on-board booster, which increases the charging speed to 150kW. 

All of this is a bit elementary, says Porsche, because 80% of charging will be done at home anyway. Ideally on a 11kWh wallbox where it’ll take about nine hours, or a 7.2kW job if you don't have a three-phase power supply at home.

One huge positive we noticed when driving the Taycan was the accuracy of its range calculator. Many EVs attempt to calculate and re-calculate on the fly, leading to range anxiety as you’re never sure exactly how much range actually remains.

Over several hours and 160 miles with the Taycan, we found the range calculation exactly matched with the mileage we’d covered. That’s incredibly reassuring if you’re intending to do longer distances.

Reliability

  • Largely unproved tech
  • New fancy digital interior
  • High-voltage drivetrain

It's never easy to talk with authority about a brand new car's reliability, let alone one featuring an entirely fresh electric drivetrain with little or no anecdotal reports of longevity.

That said, an electric motor has far, far fewer moving parts than a combustion engine. Plus this being a Porsche means it's backed by the VW Group's tireless pre-production testing.

Inside the car there's also a lot of digital screens, which means less switchgear overall to go wrong or wear out. We'll update this page as time goes on.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 50
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