Porsche breaks battery record by driving 4500km with 2.5 hours of charge

The Porsche Taycan, driven by electric car enthusiast Wayne Gerdes, travelled over 4,500km (2,800 miles) from LA to New York, spending 2hrs 26mins 48secs recharging at Electrify America stations along the way and costing $76.82 in electricity.

The independent.co.uk reported that the journey was completed on 12 November, 2021, but was only recently recognised by the Guinness World Records.

Wayne Gerdes said: “I’m proud and honestly a little surprised to have se the new benchmark by such a margin. The Taycan performed even better than expected. Its performance, comfort and road holding were excellent, but the standout metric alongside the charging capacity was its efficiency.

“I cannot drive a gas or diesel fuelled anything across the country for that small amount [of money] today, and I am driving a performance-oriented, exotic sports car.

“Minimising wait time at the charger and maximising owners’ time on the road or at their destination is a benefit that will pay dividends in years to come.”

The record was completed using a standard 2021 Porsche Taycan, however emerging battery technologies could soon radically improve the charge times and range of electric vehicles.

Last year, a modified Tesla equipped with a next-generation battery was able to travel more than 1,200km on a single charge – nearly double the typical range of the standard Model S and most mass-produced gasoline-powered vehicles.

Mercedes has also promised a 965km range for its Vision EQXX prototype vehicle.

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