Which automaker will be the first to achieve EV range parity with Tesla? That’s the million dollar question that no one’s been able to answer. For now, we can cross Porsche off the list. The EPA recently rated the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo at a measly 201 miles per charge. That figure is no doubt incredibly embarrassing for the company, as they previously stated the Taycan would boast a significantly longer range.
To make matters worse, the Taycan is officially the least efficient EV in EPA history. At 69 combined MPGe, it trails even ancient EVs like the GM EV1, which obtained an 85 MPGe figure. That’s with a 93 kWh battery pack. Porsche will equip a 79 kWh pack on the Taycan 4S, which starts at around $104,000. By contrast, the Tesla Model S starts at $79,000 and comes with a 100 kWh battery pack able to last for an EPA rated 373 miles.
To be fair to Porsche, demand is high, and the company has officially sold 10,000 of its 30,000 pre-orders. The caveat is that those figures are global. Additionally, production will be limited to 40,000 units per year. And it’s unclear if Porsche will prioritize certain markets once it’s able to produce as many Taycans as they possibly can.
Porsche can at least console itself with the fact that critics loved the Taycan. Car And Driver called it “pure Porsche” and Doug DeMuro thinks it’s the best Porsche currently on the market. The Taycan also boasts a significantly higher quality interior than the Model S and driving dynamics are said to be superior as well. Porsche also placed fourth in Consumer Reports’ 2019 reliability survey while Tesla stayed about mid-pack.
The reality is that battery technology is still in its infancy period for the vast majority of automakers. Some automakers, like General Motors and Hyundai, managed to create semi-reasonably priced EVs with about 250 miles of range. Luxury automakers like Audi, Mercedes, and Porsche barely cleared 200 miles. Others aren’t even in the game yet. The Taycan’s disappointing range is the latest evidence of Tesla’s EV supremacy. Tesla’s production capacity is also the best in the industry. The company plans to build 500,000 vehicles per year at their upcoming Berlin Gigafactory. And their California operations already outmatch everyone else.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for another automaker to reach EV parity with Tesla. At this rate, it’ll be quite a while before that happens.