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With pro­duc­tion due to be­gin next year, Porsche has re­vealed the re­tail brand name of what has hith­erto been re­ferred to as Mis­sion E. Porsche’s first pure-elec­tric car will be known as Tay­can when it goes on sale in 2019.

De­rived from an un­spec­i­fied Eurasian di­alect, the name can be roughly trans­lated as ‘lively young horse’ and is a nod to the im­agery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has fea­tured a leap­ing steed 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”, said Oliver Blume, Porsche’s in­cum­bent chair­man, at the re­cent 70 Years of Sports Car cer­e­mony.

Much of the the ap­peal of the Tay­can hinges on Porsche’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary new 800-volt charg­ing tech­nol­ogy. It’s roughly twice as pow­er­ful as any­thing cur­rently avail­able, such as Tesla’s Su­per­charg­ers. Porsche says the new tech­nol­ogy al­lows 100km of range (slightly over 60 miles) to be added in just four min­utes. Porsche reck­ons an 80 per cent charge from empty will be pos­si­ble in 15 min­utes.

All told, the Tay­can will have a to­tal range of over 500km, though that fig­ure is ac­cord­ing to the soon-to-be de­funct NEDC met­ric rather than more de­mand­ing mea­sures of range such as WLTP. As for per­for­mance, in a re­cent video on Porsche’s of­fi­cial Youtube chan­nel, for­mer F1 racer and on­go­ing Porsche re­tainer Mark Web­ber re­vealed that the car would of­fer 600hp from dual elec­tric mo­tors. Web­ber also said the Tay­can’s low-mounted bat­ter­ies make for a much more dy­namic and agile pack­age than one might ex­pect given the car’s rel­a­tively high mass, the lat­ter be­ing a fac­tor of the weight of the large-ca­pac­ity lithium-ion pack.

The Tay­can won’t just be about elec­tri­fi­ca­tion for Porsche. Blume has also con­firmed the Tay­can will of­fer Level 4 au­ton­o­mous driv­ing ca­pa­bil­ity (self-driv­ing in most sit­u­a­tions, with driver at­ten­tion not re­quired), though not fully au­ton­o­mous driv­ing over longer dis­tances. “There are sit­u­a­tions in traf­fic jams where you will be able to read a news­pa­per, but our cus­tomers take plea­sure from driv­ing and this will re­main,” Blume said.

Of course, the Tay­can is just one piece of Porsche’s broader elec­tro­mo­bil­ity puz­zle. Porsche plans to in­vest more than six bil­lion eu­ros in elec­tro­mo­bil­ity by 2022, dou­bling its orig­i­nally planned ex­pen­di­ture into elec­tric cars. Of the ad­di­tional three bil­lion eu­ros, some 500 mil­lion eu­ros will be used for the de­vel­op­ment of Tay­can vari­ants and de­riv­a­tives, around one bil­lion eu­ros for elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and hy­bridi­s­a­tion of the ex­ist­ing prod­uct range, sev­eral hun­dred mil­lion for the ex­pan­sion of pro­duc­tion sites, plus around 700 mil­lion eu­ros for new tech­nolo­gies, charg­ing in­fras­truc­ture and smart mo­bil­ity.

It has a name! Porsche’s Mis­sion E is now a Porsche Tay­can. It prom­ises a 300-mile range, with the abil­ity to rapidly charge and will also fea­ture Level 4 au­ton­o­mous driv­ing ca­pa­bil­ity

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