Porsche Taycan a steed with speed
Production of the first purely electric Porsche, the Taycan, will begin in 2019. However, Porsche Australia says the Taycan won’t go on sale here until 2020.
The name Taycan can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”.
The Porsche crest has featured a leaping steed since 1952 and refers to the coat of arms of Stuttgart, Porsche’s home town.
The Taycan will be powered by two “permanently excited” synchronous motors with an output of more than 600 horsepower (440kW).
The instant torque of the electric motors mean the Taycan will accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h in well under 3.5 seconds and get to 200km/h in under 12sec.
Driven less dramatically, Porsche says it will have a maximum range of more than 500km.
Fascinatingly, the Taycan is far from being the first electric Porsche. In 1898, at the age of just 18, Ferdinand Porsche was involved in the drivetrain design of a vehicle with an electric motor inside each of the four wheels.
Porsche plans to invest more than €6 billion ($9.5 billion) in electro-mobility by 2022. About €500 million will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives; around €1 billion for electrification and hybridisation of the existing Porsche range; several hundred million for the expansion of production sites; and around €700 million for new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.
The sleek lines of the electrifying new Porsche Taycan show the way to the future.