Another Cannonball record has been broken but no one really took any notice
It's not quite on the same level of speed as the 25:39 outright record, but it's a no less impressive feat overall.
Over the past year, reduced traffic and policing on American highways due to the coronavirus pandemic has seen numerous Cannonball attempts – that is, driving from the Red Ball Garage in New York to The Portofino Hotel in California in as little time as possible – be made, and plenty of records tumble, meaning it's been hard to keep track.
Although the VINWiki YouTube channel run by former outright record holder Ed Bolian has proven to be the go-to resource for those looking to stay up to date with the happenings in the Cannonball world, there's one record that seems to have slipped under the radar for the most part which fell back on this past New Year's Eve – the coast-to-coast record for an electric vehicle.
Set by InsideEVs contributor Kyle Conner – along with co-drivers Drew Peterson and Tijmen Schreur – in a 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S on loan from Porsche's press fleet which featured the biggest battery and most aerodynamic wheels available, it was his own record that he was looking to beat, which he set in August 2019 behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3.
In what was more a test of the Tesla Supercharger network being pitted against public CCS fast chargers, Conner managed to outrun 10 other record attempts since his prior record in the Model 3 to cross the US in the Taycan in 44 hours and 25 minutes, beating his previous record by 55 minutes.
While this time is obviously well off the mark of the outright record currently held by Arne Toman and Doug Tabbutt – 25:39 in an Audi S6 – crossing the country quickly in an EV isn't as simple as merely putting in a big fuel tank and going like hell.
Rather, charging stops and charging times/rates play the biggest role in the success of the attempt – along with the EV's outright range as well – and to that degree, Conner used it as a means of stress-testing the Electrify America fast-charge network, along with the Taycan's claimed 270kW maximum charging rate, although it was found that charging at more than even 250kW was rare.
Worth noting is that charging during peak charging speeds – around 3-60 percent, as charging any higher would slow it down – played a huge role in keeping stops short, and although some stretches required more range, they never exceeded 80 percent charge at any point.
It's an impressive feat to have achieved this Cannonball record, and ought to give many people more confidence in the cross-country abilities of electric vehicles.