The Porsche Taycan is a serious challenger to Tesla’s Model S, which has a stranglehold on the high-end electric vehicle (EV) market. We’re impressed by how well Porsche kept its DNA in building the Taycan, particularly in terms of driving performance, handling agility, ride comfort, and workmanship.
But as an EV, the Porsche’s limited range and long charging times can’t match the benchmark set by Tesla. Unlike with a Tesla, accessing and using public charging isn’t as seamless an experience. Whereas Tesla has their proprietary supercharger network, Taycan owners on a long drive have to find public chargers, which aren’t always as easy to source, conveniently located, or have other services near them (such as places to eat and shop). Then, the user has to fiddle with an app to use it—with Tesla you just plug in the car. The Taycan’s instrumentation doesn’t highlight the information that’s pertinent to an EV, such as displaying the vehicle’s range as soon as the driver opens the door or the rate of charging while the car is plugged in.