Porsche Tay­can a steed with speed

Albany Extra - - News - Ewan Kennedy

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.

Pic­ture: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The sleek lines of the elec­tri­fy­ing new Porsche Tay­can show the way to the fu­ture.

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