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Porsche claims cross-country speed record

But this one is for least time recharging an electric vehicle

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People have been setting cross-country speed records since the early 1900s, from the days of Cannonball Baker to the famed if non-sanctioned sprint staged in his name by Car and Driver magazine.

Porsche, an automaker known for the record-setting speed of its vehicles, recently has claimed a cross-country driving record, but with a twist. Instead of the speed of the vehicle, in this case a Porsche Taycan, the record was set for the shortest time needed to recharge an electric vehicle as it was driven coast to coast.

According to Porsche and the Guinness World Records keepers, the former record for such a feat was 7 hours, 10 minutes and 1 second. But driver Wayne Gerdes and the Taycan he drove from Los Angeles to New York City spent only 2 hours, 26 minutes and 48 seconds connected to Electrify America’s CCS DC fast chargers along the 2,834.5-mile way.

speed, Porsche claims cross-country speed record, ClassicCars.com Journal
Car spent only 2 hours, 26 minute and 48 seconds being recharged on its 2,834.5-mile trip

“Comparing charging performance from of variety of EVs I have driven to date, the Taycan sets the bar,” said Gerdes, who holds several Guinness records for efficiency and range. “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,” Porsche reported in its announcement. 

“Every mile covered was filmed, GPS tracked and accounted for before being certified by a panel of adjudicators ahead of the record being accepted.”

speed, Porsche claims cross-country speed record, ClassicCars.com Journal

Porsche added that the car used was a standard 2021 Taycan with the optional Performance Battery Plus, as well as adaptive cruise control, Porsche Electric Sport Sound, and the Porsche Premium Package.

Gerdes added that he used Plug Share and the Electrify America app in plotting his route.

“I’m proud and honestly a little surprised to have set the new benchmark by such a margin,” Gerdes added. “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.”

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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