Charging a Porsche Taycan 4S Using Pikes Peak Mountain

Marc UrbanoAutomobile and Driver

From the Oct 2021 difficulty of Motor vehicle and Driver.

At 14,115 feet earlier mentioned sea level in Colorado, we located ourselves in a pickle. A $136,190, 562-hp German pickle. Our Porsche Taycan 4S—with only 6 % of the battery remaining and an indicated 12 miles of range—needed to cost. There is certainly no sensible put to plug in an electric car at the top of Pikes Peak, but you can find lots of likely power in a 5128-pound sedan staring down a incredibly long hill.

For most of the calendar year, the Pikes Peak Highway, situated near Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a scenic passage of paved hairpins trapped to mountains of granite. But for just one working day in June, it is shut to the general public for a early morning of higher-speed, higher-danger carving identified as the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb celebration. That is what introduced us in this article, the 99th operating of a genuine-daily life Gran Turismo that is not but tooled for electrification.

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The closest charger from the Pikes Peak summit is 30 miles again into downtown Colorado Springs. Whilst the 12 miles of indicated assortment was dependent on driving up a volcanic wall for 20 minutes, we ended up self-confident the damaging grade would refill our batteries, or in the worse situation scenario, make pushing a 2.5-ton Porsche much easier.

By working with its electric powered motors’ regenerative functionality, the Taycan can convert the hill’s 17 miles of descent into electrical energy to feed its 83.7-kWh lithium-ion pack with up to 265 kilowatts. Regen peaks at .30 g, akin to the braking power you’d experience when halting from 70 mph on a flat 550-foot exit ramp. Any improved want to slow down is taken care of by the friction brakes keeping off them maximizes electricity returned to the battery. Get it ideal, and we might be able coastline downhill, brake late, and gain some electric power. Get it wrong and we would change some of the Taycan’s now-kinetic vitality into heat. Get it definitely mistaken and we’d fly off the mountain.

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We acquired it suitable, and all that regeneration meant we’d barely pinched the discs on the way down. So, when we arrived at Glen Cove at 11,440 ft for a obligatory brake-temperature verify, we experienced a shock in keep for a park ranger and his infrared thermometer. He said he’s found front-rotor temps exceed 900 degrees. The Taycan’s registered a cozy 67 degrees—an unofficial Pikes Peak document.

In between the summit and the entrance gate, we have been capable to cost the battery to 17 percent and convert our selection anxiety into 48 miles of optimism. Our vary the moment we reached downtown Colorado Springs was over 100 miles, many thanks to the quality of Highway 24 that pours back into the metropolis. We failed to have to plug-in all over again right up until later on that night time when we returned to the lodge.

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