Porsche to name all-electric model Taycan

09 June, 2018, 10:30 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Porsche 911 Mission E Rendering

It also plans a crossover version of the auto, as previewed by the Cross Turismo concept that made its debut at March's Geneva Motor Show.

Porsche is pursuing a three-pronged approach coinciding with the looming technology shift by introducing fully electric cars like the Taycan, developed under the project code name Mission E; plug-in hybrids; and combustion-engine vehicles that root back to the first 356.

According to Porsche, the Taycan name is a Eurasian word that roughly translates to "lively young horse" and is a reference to the "leaping steed" on the company's badge.

The company also marked the occasion by revealing a 911 Speedster Concept, an open-top version of its iconic sports vehicle.


This output should give the vehicle, which Webber admits is "heavier" than a standard Porsche due to its electric powertrain, a 0-62mph time of around three and a half seconds. Set to be priced somewhere in the $85,000 range, the Porsche Taycan will boast a 0-62 miles per hour time below 3.5 seconds and will have a top speed in excess of 155 miles per hour. The Model S can do its Ludicrous Mode party trick a few times before needing to cool down, but Porsche has said its Taycan will be able to maintain its performance both in sprints and for track days without issue.

A screengrab from the Porsche Taycan name announcement video. Other electric cars can't handle repeated hard acceleration because their batteries will overheat.

All-wheel drive is expected to be standard on all versions initially, but there is the possibility of Porsche launching a more affordable rear-wheel-drive edition in the future. Despite the impressive performance, the Taycan will have a range in excess of 500 km (310 miles) in the New European Driving Cycle. Features such as the flared haunches, LED tail-light strip and coupe-like rear end will remain to echo the looks of the 911 sports auto.

What's more, Uew Michael - Porsche's head of Electrics/Electronics Development - recently said that the Taycan will be able to charge twice as fast as a Model S. Specifically, Michael said that a high-voltage superchargers will be able to give the Taycan 250 miles of range in less than 20 minutes.

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