Porsche's Electric Car To Be Called Taycan

Roman Schwartz
June 9, 2018

The oriental name also signifies the launch of the first electric sports auto with the soul of a Porsche.

What else do we know about the Taycan? Today, the German automaker has announced that the Mission E will be sold as the Porsche Taycan. The name roughly translates to, "lively, young horse", a reference to the company's logo. On Friday, though, the worls at least learned a name of the auto that could be the first to give Tesla a run for its money. Explaining the new moniker, Porsche Chairman Oliver Blume said in a statement, "Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom". But it will run on electricity. The Taycan will go on sale in 2019, offering a four-door alternative to the Tesla Model S. While final performance figures haven't been shared for the auto, Porsche is talking about a 0-62 miles per hour time of around 3.5 seconds. Porsche also says that it has "a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles". The expected range is more than 500 km on the somewhat generous NEDC test cycle.

The Porsche Taycan will debut the company's 800-volt charging system called Porsche Turbo Charging that offers ultra-fast charging.

Porsche said it's planning to spend €6 billion on electromobility by 2022.

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This version of the Taycan is expected to be the flagship model; Porsche has invested a further 500million Euros (£437million) into its electrification strategy to develop additional versions of the auto.

At the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area for the Taycan, and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area all are now being built.

The central location of the batteries and twin-motor set-up will also give the car's technical architecture a better front-rear weight balance than combustion-engined cars, potentially allowing Porsche's engineers to soften the car's anti-roll bars to aid ride without hindering handling. The Taycan should hit showrooms towards the end of next year.

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