Elon Musk Tweeted to Porsche that “Turbo” doesn’t mean what they think it means. The reason Elon tweeted that is because Porsche’s first electric car, The “Taycan” has a badge on it that says “Turbo”. However, electric cars can’t have a turbo, because only combustion engine cars can have a turbo. A turbo forces more air into the engine so that the fuel burns easier.
Um @Porsche, this word Turbo does not mean what you think it does
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 5, 2019
Personally, I don’t think there’s a problem with putting Turbo on the Porsche badge. I think even though technically “turbocharged” means injecting more air into an engine — I think the term can be suitably borrowed for electric vehicles. Why? Because electric vehicles are obviously much quicker and have far more potential than combustion engine cars.
The “turbo” might not be air (per se), but the force being applied to the wheels is like an “electric” version of turbo. It’s kind of the same principle: Combustion engines go faster by adding more air. Electric cars go faster than combustion engine cars go faster by adding more power to the wheels in away that combustion engines simple can’t compete with. So I think the Porsche is “turbo” in that respect.
How does a Turbocharger work?
Here is a great animation that explains the working principle of turbocharged diesel engines and turbos in general.