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Porsche makes brilliant ICE vehicles, but electric cars aren't their forte (yet)

by Eva Fox December 18, 2019

Porsche makes brilliant ICE vehicles, but electric cars aren't their forte (yet)

For just $185,000, you can get a completely stock Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Perhaps this would be a good offer if there were no other options. But fortunately, there are other electric cars that are better than the Porsche Taycan.

For example, for $185,000 you can get six Nissan Leafs, five Tesla Model 3s, four BMW i3s, three Ford Mach E GTs or two Tesla Model Ss. And all of these options will still be better than Porsche.

The base model Taycan has a starting MSRP of $103,800. Its powertrain includes a 79 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, all-wheel drive, and two electric motors.This is essentially all that you get.

If we compare the basic functions that are available in the Tesla Model S, then Porsche would cost you $114,000. The Porsche Taycan costs almost 50% more than the Tesla Model S in terms of options and features only. That’s adding simple things such as power folding mirrors, puddle lights, a panoramic roof, adaptive cruise control, an ionizer, heated seats and steering, a faster on-board charger, and the actual charging cable which happens to be a $1,120 “option”. All of these things come included in the $79,990 Tesla Model S base price. Porsche is much more expensive than Tesla, but still doesn't even match what is included with the Tesla Model S.

Let’s compare specs. A base model Tesla Model S has a 373 mile range, 155 mph top speed, and a 3.7 second 0-60 for $79,990. For $103,800, the base Porsche Taycan 4S is comparable (excluding features) with a 0-60 of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The smaller battery included for the lower price (79.2 kWh) does not yet have an EPA rated range but the larger “Performance Battery Plus” 93.4 kWh battery does with a whopping 201 mile range.

The EPA rating is known as the most accurate of the three rating standards worldwide. The German luxury car manufacturer Taycan Turbo initially billed 280 miles, but after EPA, it became known that the real range was 201 miles. A very unpleasant surprise, especially considering the cost of the car. 

This means that the Porsche Taycan Turbo uses double more electricity that of the Tesla Model 3.

Source: fueleconomy.gov

Due to the range being so embarrassing, Porsche has excluded it from its site. Seems like they’d rather sell you an electric car without informing you on how far it’ll go. Pretty ironic as Porsche was boasting the Taycan’s range prior to unveiling. The company known for out-besting the best made a $200,000 electric car comparable in range to a $30,000 Nissan Leaf. I would take literally any other electric car over this when accounting for its ludicrous price tag. A fully loaded Porsche Taycan 4S will run you $195,870. Again, that’s the base model.

The top of the line performance Model, the Taycan Turbo S, starts at $185,000 with options nearing the quarter million mark.

We can also recall Nürburgring. Porsche tried to gloat with their Nürburgring lap time...until Tesla beat that.

Source: EV Bite

So, Tesla is the standard that others try to equal. Other automakers are trying to make decent electric cars, but each of them goes its own way. One thing is for sure, when compared, Tesla’s cars clearly outperform their rivals. Tesla offers a unique set of options for uniquely low cost. No other car manufacturer does this and most likely for a long time will not be able to afford it.

The secret of Tesla's success is that the company is guided by concern for the planet and people. It is this care and love, which is dictated by Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, that makes the company make all its products top-notch.

Featured image: Electrive

source credit: EVBite




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