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January 30, 2022

The Porsche Taycan Broke A Guinness World Record For Coast-To-Coast Charging

Porsche has managed to break a Guinness World Record for the shortest charging time to travel 4,561.6 kilometers (2,834.5 miles)—a US coast-to-coast drive that crosses from Los Angeles, California to New York City. A 2021 Taycan EV did it with just a cumulative charge time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 48 seconds. It broke the benchmark which as 7 hours, 10 minutes, and 1 second.

The record was broken by Wayne Gerdes, already a multi-Guinness World Records title holder for efficiency and range in other vehicles.

“Comparing charging performance from of variety of EVs I have driven to date, the Taycan sets the bar,” said Gerdes. “The first time I charged on a 350-kW charger, 6 to 82 percent occurred in just 22 minutes.”

To complete the Guinness World Records title attempt, Gerdes was required to meet a daunting set of requirements, including meticulously noting every stop – with independent witnesses for each charge. Every mile covered was filmed, GPS tracked and accounted for before being certified by a panel of adjudicators ahead of the record being accepted.

The car selected was a standard 2021 Taycan equipped with the Performance Battery Plus as well as nice to have luxury items for Gerdes’ coast-to-coast adventure, such as the Premium Package, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Porsche Electric Sport Sound.

On completing the record-breaking journey, an understandably tired but elated Gerdes commented: “I’m proud and honestly a little surprised to have set 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’m grateful to both Porsche for supporting me and to Electrify America’s network, which made it possible.”

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