The German company didn’t mention when the journey began with hours-and-minutes accuracy or when the Taycan crossed the finish line. (the car manufacturer didn't even say when the Taycan went on this past-time testing session). But the Stuttgart-based company makes it clear that it took 85 charge-hours (3 days 13 hours) to get the car going from one charging point to the next. In total, the automobile needed 27 stops to replenish the depleted cells.
Since most plug-in sessions occurred at night, we can deduce that Taycan only worked the day shifts. Considering the total number of hours for this endurance test (456 for the 19 days), we can calculate that the electric Porsche was effectively available for active duty for 371 hours (15 days 11 hours – give or take).
En-route destinations pitted the Taycan against the harsh Australian landscape, from Nitmiluk National Park’s Gorge in the Northern Territory to the Big Red sand dune in the Simpson Desert, before heading towards the surfer’s Nirvana at Bondi Beach, New South Wales.
Porsche used this event to demonstrate that EVs can coexist with and within our current way of living, no matter how adverse the environment is. The Germans wanted to prove that ‘electric road trips are not only feasible but also enjoyable,’ choosing the most hostile continent on earth to do that. (they should probably look at what the Scottish are doing; maybe they will find some inspiration in the flat Munro.)
The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo had only the innate natural abilities to get through this trial. A 93.4-kWh battery pack feeding the 360-kW (484 hp /490 PS) dual-motor powertrain (one over each axle). I don’t suspect any hard launches were necessary during this three-week adventure, so the Taycan didn’t showcase the overboost peak power of 420 kW (565 hp /571 PS) or the maximum torque of 650 Nm (480 lb-ft).