A production 2021 Porsche Taycan has broken the Guinness World Record for fastest charging time to cross the United States in an electric vehicle. It only required a cumulative charge time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 48 seconds to complete a 2,834.5 mile trip from Los Angeles to New York. While the record it broke is very specific, there was one previous holder: a Kia EV6 that had to be charged for 7 hours, 10 minutes and 1 second to make a similar but slightly longer journey from New York to LA.
Wayne Gerdes, known for his efficient driving style and the term “hypermiling”, was at the wheel of this record drive. Hypermiling, as you may know, involves the use of customization and driving techniques to maximize the vehicle’s fuel economy. Porsche tells Engadget that Gerdes drove normal speeds for the duration of the trip and sometimes drove even faster depending on the state of charge.
The vehicle itself has been fitted with the company’s Performance Battery Plus, which has a higher gross capacity than the base battery option, and Adaptive Cruise Control. For the attempt to be recognized by the Guinness World Records, every kilometer of the journey had to be filmed and the vehicle’s GPS tracked.
Gerdes said that the first time he charged a Taycan with a 350kW charger, his battery level went from 6 to 82 percent in just 22 minutes. He relied on Electrify America’s CCS DC fast charging network for the trip, as the company is a partner for this trial. Porsche first introduced the Taycan electric sedan in 2019 and began deliveries in 2020. The automaker has since released several variants, including the Cross Turismo EV, which blurs the category.
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