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Porsche is aiming for the Taycan's battery range to be around 311 miles (500 kilometres) But that doesn't necessarily mean you will be able to get that amount every time you go for a drive.

When Tesla Model S came out in 2012 it was given an EPA-rated range of 265 miles (426 km). Then when Motortrend tested the range they wrote

We've traveled 233.7 miles and wind up short by 1.7.

The total range -- adding the unused 4 miles, would be 238. Yes, 238 is 11 percent short of 265. Moreover, it was done while being very stingy with performance (for the most part). Is that 265 actually valid? If you drive predominately at highway speeds, then probably not. But were we to have included more medium-speed roads (long stretches at 45-50 mph) well, possibly.
Since we don't know the official range numbers yet and what you can actually average, what's the amount of range that you need/want to get from the Taycan on a consistent basis? If for whatever reason it doesn't meet your expectations, will you still purchase it?
 

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In my opinion EV’s mileage will not be totally satisfactory for long trips until they can match petroleum vehicles. In the mean time there is a vast majority of folks in suburban areas that would benefit from a EV for going to work, taking the kids to school, shopping etc. and these are already the overcrowded areas with the most pollution. I already own a newer Ford F-250 diesel truck for pulling trailers, Cadillac XT5 for local shopping and a Mercedes SL for top down pleasure driving. Also cars I have rebuilt from 1919, 1931 and 1957, see my garage on this site, so the Taycan will be another weekend driver.
I would like the Taycan to have a 350 mile range with spirited driving and AC going all the time but that will be in the future.....not for the present.
 

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I agree that the Taycan would be a great weekend vehicle and for shorter trips but in order for it to be a huge success it needs to have top end battery range. Otherwise it will be another niche electric vehicle. I think the Taycan will do well if it can consistently get you around 300 miles but if it gets lower than that it will be a problem for Porsche and their future electric vehicles.
 

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I don't know is this will change anyone's view on the Taycan but Car and Driver is predicting the range will be closer to 200 miles than 300.

We Predict That the Taycan's Range Rating in the U.S. Will Be Closer to 200 Miles Than 300
Although Porsche has claimed a 500-kilometer range (311 miles), that's using the European NEDC cycle, which is far less taxing than the EPA's. On our ridealong, we saw a predicted 234 miles starting with a full charge, which seemed accurate for our southern California drive loop that ranged from 70-mph highway cruising to storming up a twisty mountain road. And that, combined with reading between the lines of Meier's comments about wanting to "be conservative" with the range figure and to make it "achievable" has us expecting a United States rating closer to 200 than 300 miles. Again, we'll be testing this for ourselves as soon as we can, because the two-speed gearbox may enable better highway range than is the EV norm.
 

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The current mileage figures being leaked out for me are dissapointing. I really have been interested in the Taycan but less than 300 miles is a deal breaker. Distances here in Texas are long and paying 100k+ for a Taycan that does not come close to what Tesla is producing does not fit my driving patterns. I do not like the fit and finish of the Tesla, and all the comments on their forum from dissatisfied customers, so assume I will wait until Porsche comes up with a better mileage range.
 

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I have a LEAF that has about 240 km (150 mi) range. We live about 30 km (~18 mi) from work and we rarely run out of range. For me, the Taycan will fit the bill nicely and allow us to do trips out of town. I expect that winter range will be much less, but the superior battery management will still trump my LEAF.

I’ll add that in my family we use level 1 charging (plug it into the wall) and were able to survive a brutal Canadian winter. For me the biggest issue is not the range but the charging times. We’ll be installing level 2 for this winter!
 

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The current mileage figures being leaked out for me are dissapointing. I really have been interested in the Taycan but less than 300 miles is a deal breaker. Distances here in Texas are long and paying 100k+ for a Taycan that does not come close to what Tesla is producing does not fit my driving patterns. I do not like the fit and finish of the Tesla, and all the comments on their forum from dissatisfied customers, so assume I will wait until Porsche comes up with a better mileage range.
So running on two years later since you posted this, what’s the status now? Did you get the Taycan?
 

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My Taycan 4S is a month old today from the date I took delivery. The driving range has increased from 192 to 262 on the last charge which is more than enough for the type of driving I do probably less than 50 miles per day. If we do a Porsche Club Tour we may need to charge once to make it back home. I know Tesla's have greater range but they are crap compared to the Porsche Taycan.
 

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There's so much talk about range it even confused me. So I tested a few Taycans before switching.

Long story short:
it's irrelevant. I never have a problem. My Taycan Turbo covers everything before I switch to airplane ;-)
 

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I’m getting close to 270 which is plenty for me.
 

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Average daily commute in USA is 42 miles. Most people don't need more than 200 miles of reliable range per day (real life range in any weather, not just EPA rating). As long as you have charging at home and you start the day with the battery "full", it's a great life. I have been driving EV since 2013. Both my wife and I have EV's with solid 200 mile range in almost any weather. My wife has only seen an outside of the house charger once in almost 5 years, and even then it was a 10 minute fast charge "just-in-case" when doing a longer trip. Even on days when she did more miles, she usually stopped at home long enough for the 11.5KW charging to top off sufficiently to never get range anxiety, I used outside fast charging a few times, but almost all of those were on a coast-to-coast round trip.

Tesla touted 500 EPA mile range Plaid+ until recently, when even Elon Musk admitted that nobody needs this much range in a consumer car, so they cancelled it.
 

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Being retired I don't usually drive more than 25 miles per day and my 4S is averaging 266 miles per charge in Normal range with air at 70 degrees. I live in a high rise apartment building and do have Charge Point in the parking garage but I drive 2 miles usually once a week to EA for free charging. For my life style my 4S is the perfect vehicle.
 

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Had my best full charge today. 277 mile range at 100% charge.
 

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