Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo sets the new altitude record for EVs

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has set another world record, conquering one of the tallest mountains on Earth. The electric car successfully climbed Mount Gongtudaban in Tibet, reaching an altitude of 5,355 meters (17,565 feet). According to Porsche, this achievement is enough to establish a Guinness World Record for the highest altitude reached by an electric vehicle.

The ten-day journey began from one of the lowest points on Earth, Lake La Nu in China, which is located 218 meters below sea level. This makes the Taycan’s feat even more impressive, as the electric vehicle ascended to 5,355 meters, an altitude that is considered cruising altitude for many airplanes worldwide.

During the journey, participants encountered four seasons of weather, and not all roads were passable. Photos show the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo navigating through a dried-up lake bed and passing by famous landmarks such as the Tarim Pine Forest, the Grand Tomura Canyon, and various roads used during the trip.

While Porsche did not provide specific information about mileage or efficiency during the journey, the automaker did mention the car’s ability to regenerate energy during descent. Crossing the 4,000-meter pass allowed the vehicle to recover up to 275 kW of energy, increasing its driving range. As expected, some of these areas lacked charging infrastructure, posing a significant challenge for the team. To overcome this, the car covered 800 km (approximately 500 miles) over four days in the Tianshan and Kunlun mountains, using portable charging devices.

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