Porsche Taycan breaks Guinness World Record

Porsche Taycan breaks Guinness World Record

Driving across the United States is a bucket list item for many Americans. While the trip has been made in electric vehicles (EV) before, now an EV - a Porsche Taycan - has broken a Guinness World Records™ title.

Wayne Gerdes, already a multi-Guinness World Records™ title holder for efficiency and range in other vehicles, set out to make a unique memory for himself: break the Guinness World Records™ title for the shortest charging time to cross the United States in an electric vehicle – the benchmark being 7 hours, 10 minutes, and 1 second.

Gerdes completed the crossing from Los Angeles, California to New York City - covering 2,834.5 miles in a 2021 Porsche Taycan - with a cumulative charge time of just 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 48 seconds.

“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 350KW 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.

“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," said a tired but elated Gerdes on completing the record-breaking journey.

"I’m grateful to both Porsche for supporting me and to Electrify America’s network, which made it possible.”

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:10th Feb 2022

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