Porsche Taycan review – MPG and running costs

If you’re charging from home then this is an amazingly affordable Porsche to run. Make use of fast public charging and it’s a different story

And supper it does enjoy. At 2.3 tons and the sheer neck-snapping speeds it’s capable of, the Taycan will chew through tyres and brakes faster than it would care to suggest. It’s also not the most efficient electric car, as despite Porsche’s 280-mile or so range prediction, driven with any enthusiasm you’ll be lucky to crack 200 miles – throw in a launch control function or two, and maybe some overtakes and that’ll drop to 160-180 miles.

The Ionity charging service partnered with Porsche is superb, however, with frankly shocking rates of charge capable from its DC charging. The issue, aside from availability, is cost. To charge at the full 200kW rate, the current rates sit at 67p/kWh, making 160 miles worth of charge cost roughly £66, or about the same as our old Fast Fleet Aston Martin Vantage.

Home charge off-peak and this cost will inevitably be far lower, but with such a limited range any long journeys will likely need a mid-trip charge, and if you’re spending £140,000 on a Porsche, it’s unlikely you’ll be willing to sit around at motorway services for an extra three hours waiting for the cheap charge point. In this regard, Tesla’s supercharger network still has all others resolutely licked.

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