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Battery range remains one of the key barriers for automakers trying to convince consumers to switch to electric. While gas tanks regularly exceed 500 miles in range, most EVs can’t break 200 miles on a single charge.
There are a few exceptions, and Porsche is among them. The 2021 Taycan has an EPA-tested range of 225 miles. That doesn’t break any records, but it easily pushes the car past the EV-range average of 181 miles.
The 2021 Taycan’s range is good, but Car and Driver says there’s one thing about it that puts it above almost every other electric car. Of all the EVs the magazine has tested, the Taycan is one of only two that exceeded the EPA’s range estimates during a real-world test.
What is the 2021 Porsche Taycan’s real range?
In Car and Driver’s 75 mph test, the 2021 Taycan reached 280 miles within one full charge. That range puts the sports car in pretty exclusive company. Only five other EVs have a better range than that—Tesla’s S, X, 3, and Y models, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Only one other EV beat its EPA rating: the 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback. It only passed the estimate by two miles though, reaching 220 miles compared to its EPA rating of 218.
Most electric cars have struggled to meet their EPA ratings in the magazine’s test. The Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, for example, reached 320 miles, almost a full 100 miles lower than its EPA rating of 402 miles.
Why are EV ranges so different from their EPA ratings?
EPA ratings often differ from real-world range, whether you’re looking at a gas-powered car or an EV. But discrepancies between EPA-tested range and actual range for electric cars is especially stark.
A key reason for the difference is the effect different environments have on electric car batteries. Things that affect range for gas-powered cars like wind also have an effect on battery range, but one factor only affects EVs—temperature.
In warm and temperate weather, EV batteries maintain their charge. But cold temperatures make a big impact on battery performance. Put your smartphone on a cold windowsill overnight during the winter and you’ll understand quickly.
Finding car insurance for your EV
If the 2021 Porsche Taycan’s positive test scores have you convinced to switch to an electric car, you’re not alone. Electric cars are selling quickly this year, with used models moving faster than their fossil-fuel-burning rivals.
Car insurance rates for EVs still run pretty steep since most models are still considered luxury vehicles, but there are a few easy ways to save. The easiest way is to shop for quotes and discounts with Jerry.
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