- Sep 25, 2020
- Reaction score
- Taycan 4S, Cayenne E-Hybrid, Taycan CT4 (Nov 21)
I think the difference is the PB+ isn't some luxury option like a nice leather seat, sport chrono, or adaptive cruise control. It's an option that increases the range and longevity in a vehicle subclass that consumers consistently say range is their biggest concern when buying an EV. Throw in that the Taycan already has a poor to mediocre on paper range, especially for the price point, and a bigger battery is just extra assurance for a prospective buyer down the road (or a current one that travels a lot like myself). Battery degradation is a very real thing. There's a reason why a Tesla S with a 75kW and a 90kW battery from 2016 have very different resale values. When my wife recently traded in her 2017 Model X, the first question the dealer ask was if it had the larger battery.However, I do have to take issue with the constant harping on resale values. It's not enough to simply state that one options or another will improve resale value. We've been through this with sport chrono and turbos. One needs to evaluate the actual resale value against the actual initial MSRP and very few people actually do that. Instead, you fall in Porsche's trap of buying very expensive but almost ALWAYS unnecessary options...especially if price is an issue for some buyers. I mean come on...ceramic brakes, a stopwatch on the dash for one's track laps to Whole Foods? Luxuries but not necessities and absolutely no proven % benefit at resale time (for those that own vs lease).