MISSION E BECOMES TAYCAN
Series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin in 2019. This follows the carmaker’s ‘70 years of Sports Cars’ ceremony, where it also announced that the all-electric Mission E concept will now be known as the Taycan (pronounced Tie-Kahn). The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, and references the leaping steed that has been at the heart of the Porsche crest since 1952.
“Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances, and that epitomises freedom”, explained Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. The Asian name also signifies the launch of the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche.
Two permanent synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of over 440 kW can slingshot the electric sports car to 100 km/h in well under 3.5 seconds, continuing onwards to 200 km/h in under twelve seconds.
This performance is in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles: Multiple standing starts are possible in succession without a performance loss, and the vehicle’s maximum range is over 500 km (NEDC cycle).
Porsche plans to invest more than six billion euro in electromobility by 2022, doubling the expenditure that the company had initially planned. Of the additional three billion euro, some 500 million will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives.