Porsche’s Taycan is an incredible electric vehicle. It’s one of Roadshow’s , and it’s by far our top pick for EVs to drive in a, shall we say, spirited manner.
A large part of the Taycan’s character comes from how it does things differently from other electric cars. To help explain those differences in an easy-to-understand and entertaining fashion, Porsche turned to the one person best suited to the task: Bill Nye.
Yes, that’s right. The Science Guy himself is starring in a series of short videos that individually break down the Taycan’s unique engineering features in a way that’s easy to understand and fun to watch. These include explainers on the Taycan’s two-speed transmission, its 800-volt battery system, its extremely robust regenerative braking system and its slippery aerodynamic profile.
The videos were filmed at Porsche’s Experience Center near Los Angeles, and in addition to having a big handling circuit to play with, Bill also experiences the skidpad and even found time to build a demonstration rig to help explain why an 800-volt battery can charge faster than a 400-volt battery. The fact that Nye is also a huge proponent of electric vehicles adds to the whole experience, too.
The one area in which the Taycan really struggles is with its EPA-rated range. While the range is totally adequate for most people (and easily exceeded in everyday driving, in our experience), folks shopping for a fast luxury EV might not give the Taycan a chance based on that fact alone, which is a bummer. Maybe seeing Bill Nye get stoked on the first Porsche EV will be enough to change some minds.
2021 Porsche Taycan is a good-driving EV in an awesome pink wrapper