Electric vehicles, recently making significant inroads into our lives, are always seeking ways to enhance their reputation, whether through reliability, range, or achieving unconventional records.
Porsche, already renowned for its impressive performance, has set its sights on a new milestone. Specifically, a Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will be recognized in the record books as the electric vehicle that has driven at the highest altitude, reaching a staggering 5,355 meters. This feat was accomplished in the challenging terrains of Tibet. Naturally, electric cars don’t face the same altitude-related challenges that combustion-engined vehicles encounter. The thinning air, which can hamper a traditional engine’s performance, has no such effect on an electric motor. This inspired Porsche to think even bigger.
The record-setting journey began in the dried bed of Ayding Lake, where the altitude was 218 meters below sea level. Over a span of 10 days, the Taycan Cross Turismo covered vast distances, navigating famous landscapes, paved roads, and some truly remote areas.
Given the electric nature of the car, some logistical support was essential. A refueling truck accompanied the vehicle over a 760-kilometer stretch devoid of any infrastructure. Additionally, the vehicle’s regenerative system played a crucial role in the descent from the peak. While dropping about 4,000 meters from its record-setting altitude, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo managed to regenerate 275 kW of energy.