MIS­SION E BE­COMES TAY­CAN

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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.

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