Porsche has deliberately underestimated the theoretical autonomy data displayed on the Turbo S version of its new Taycan, we have just learned in documents from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), than Car And Driver was able to get hold. It is the first time since January that the subject of the new 100% electric model from Porsche comes back in the news, when it had been talked about when the official publication of its technical sheet, and in particular its autonomy .
Faced with Tesla, Porsche had attracted criticism while its model marketed from 189,152 € had almost 200 kilometers of autonomy. But we learn today that Porsche has voluntarily given figures below the reality about the theoretical autonomy displayed on the data sheet of its most powerful model, the Taycan Turbo S. With its autonomy displayed at 192 miles, the version of the electric car is below the data measured by theEnvironment Protection Agency, which is usually responsible for providing official brand figures.
Porsche sticks to its own numbers
A fact rare enough to be emphasized. In the latest EPA report, it is clearly stated that Porsche has "Voluntarily lowered autonomy" to be his model, last January. Initially, the figures based on the Washington-based agency raised the Turbo S version to 200 miles, 4% more than the current 192 miles, and a more symbolic figure for the American market.
The corrected data does not stop there, and could even be cumulated with that concerning the energy capacity of the battery on the Taycan Turbo S. Initially, it displayed 93.4 kWh. Nevertheless, Porsche wished to correct these figures by presenting a new technical sheet where the battery capacity is finally lowered to 83.7 kWh. The explanation is simple, and it was Porsche spokesperson Calvin Kim who gave it to journalists from Car and Driver. The old data corresponded to the "gross energy capacity" of the batteries, while the new figures come from the "real energy capacity" of the car.
What interest for Porsche?
Whether it's battery life or capacity, Porsche says it sticks to its own measurements at its research and development center in Weissach, Germany. However, most of the customers who received their model explain that the data measured by the EPA is already lower than the actual data. Last December, Greg Wyler, the American entrepreneur known to be the first customer of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, explained on Twitter that he had been able to cover 117 miles using only 46% of the battery.
It is unclear exactly why Porsche decided to lower information from an already known organization to somewhat lower the actual range of electric cars in the United States. The main assumption that one can imagine would be to say that Porsche absolutely wanted its customers to be able to exceed almost every complete charge the theoretical data. Or will we soon see an "update" like Tesla's, which will increase the battery life of the new Porsche Taycan? If this is the case, a marketing strategy cannot be ruled out.