The Porsche Taycan, Porsche’s first pure electric sports car, is currently in its final stages of testing before it enters series production. The final test drives are conducted in several locations and climate conditions. In Scandinavia, the Taycan is proving its potential in terms of driving dynamics on snow and ice just a few kilometres away from the Arctic Circle. At the same time, Porsche engineers are taking advantage of the summer conditions in the Southern Hemisphere. In South Africa, engineers are conducting performance tests, as well as final adjustments in terms of continuous performance and reproducibility. While in Dubai they are carrying out hot-climate endurance runs and testing battery charging under extreme conditions. The 30 countries where Porsche is conducting comprehensive tests on the Taycan have temperatures that range from -35 to 50 degree Celsius.
At Porsche, its electric cars have to undergo the same rigorous testing programme as its sport cars with combustion engines. In addition to displaying superior performance, this always includes the need to prove unrestricted suitability for everyday use in all climate conditions. Demanding features such as charging the battery or temperature control of the drive train and the interior under extreme conditions are additional aspects requiring attention in battery-powered models. Other typical Porsche development targets include circuit performance, multiple accelerations, as well as a range suitable for everyday use.
“After carrying out computer simulations and comprehensive bench tests early on, we have now reached the final phase of this demanding testing programme,” underlines the vice president of the model line, Stefan Weckbach: “Before the Taycan is launched on the market at the end of the year, we will have covered approximately six million kilometres across the globe. We are already very happy with the current status of the vehicles. The Taycan is going to be a true Porsche.”
The Taycan boasts acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in significantly less than 3.5 seconds. It has a range of more than 500 kilometres (according to the NEDC). The 800-V architecture in the vehicle guarantees that the lithium-ion battery can be recharged in just four minutes, providing enough energy to drive 100 kilometres (according to NEDC).
Key facts about the Taycan testing phase:
- Overall distance covered: Approximately six million kilometres, of which two million were endurance run kilometres
- Countries: 30, including the USA, China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Finland
- Temperatures: Range from -35 to +50 degree Celsius
- Air humidity: Range from 20 to 100 percent
- Altitude: Range from 85 metres below to 3,000 metres above sea level
- Charging cycles: Over 100,000 using various charging technologies across the globe
- Development team: Around 1,000 test drivers, technicians and engineers
Virtual drive through “The Green Hell”
Test experts have been using virtual prototypes of the Taycan to simulate over ten million digital kilometres of testing and were able to build upon the comprehensive findings from the digital testing stage. At present, computers are used to design the body, drive, chassis, electronics and overall vehicle of a new model and to simulate their functions – which includes how they work together.
This means that development engineers started driving a Taycan around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a driving simulator at an early stage, so that they could test and evaluate its circuit performance. During this process, they focused on the electrical energy management, which plays an important role in achieving a sub-eight-minute lap time on the 20.6-kilometre (timed distance) Nordschleife.
Already more than 20,000 prospective buyers
The Porsche Taycan will be officially unveiled in September 2019 and will be launched into the market at the end of the year. Currently, there are already more than 20,000 serious prospective buyers who have put their names down on an option programme list and have made a downpayment.