I am not familiar with all the different vehicles on the road nowdays but I have read descriptions of electric vehicles. i.e ( EV) that are turbo powered.

How can an EV be "tubo" when turbo refers to increased pressure? The concept of pressure has no meaning for EV. Perhaps the question is off topic and not condidered a question about electricity.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Please edit to give a proper quotation and reference to such a description so we can check the context. \$\endgroup\$
    – Transistor
    Oct 13, 2020 at 20:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ Old computers ('90s) used to have a turbo button. Pressing it would run the CPU at max clock at the expense of power. Maybe in EV context it makes the car go really fast at the expense of power. Kind of like the opposite of ECO-Mode in Nissan Leaf. \$\endgroup\$
    – Aaron
    Oct 13, 2020 at 21:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Аn electrical motor can heat up if you give it more current. More current is more output mechanical power. Perhaps at the same time as a larger current supply, cooling is also needed. Overcurrent + heating + cooling = turbo (I think so). \$\endgroup\$
    – nick_n_a
    Oct 13, 2020 at 21:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think overcurrent is turbo, but without additional control the motor can be damaged. \$\endgroup\$
    – nick_n_a
    Oct 13, 2020 at 21:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ Without a proper quotation and context we can only guess. My guess is that the use of "turbo" by Porsche is pure marketing BS. There may be someone planning to build a turbine generator hybrid. There are IC engines with electrically driven turbochargers. I believe the Tesla "Ludicrous Mode" simply turns up on a current limit that prevents the motor from delivering it's full torque capability in order to get more milage from a charge. \$\endgroup\$
    – user80875
    Oct 13, 2020 at 23:10

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Definitely just marketing jargon to mean "powerful". Sort of like how Tesla calls its high-power charging stations "superchargers".

As you said, it's definitely nothing to do with a turbocharger on an internal combustion engine. There's no similar concept for electric motors. Simply higher current in --> higher torque out.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you @Luke. I am not sure why the call was closed. You answered the question very well and very clearly. The concept of "turbo" does not apply to electric motors. That's all there is to it. Thank you for clarifying that. I was bamboozled by marketing. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sedumjoy
    Oct 14, 2020 at 13:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ The Question is closed to answers, so I have to post this as a response. The use of "turbo" in this case is meant figuratively, not literally. In a true "turbo" situation with a compressor, the boost in power is not permanent, it has consequences. Similarly with an EV that is being operated with VFD technology,you can "tweak" the ratio of voltage and frequency going to the motor in order to increase torque, but doing so ALSO will increase the heat in the motor. So SIMILAR to a "turbo", you get more power TEMPORARILY when needed. \$\endgroup\$
    – JRaef
    Oct 14, 2020 at 16:39

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