Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Porsche Taycan name confirmed for production-spec Mission E

Porsche Taycan name confirmed for production-spec Mission E

Porsche's first all-electric auto will wear a "Taycan" badge when it goes on sale one year from now, the German automaker announced early June.

Porsche say the Taycan name is taken from an Eastern European dialect and can be translated as "lively young horse" which, say Porsche, references the imagery on the Porsche crest.

When it is launched, the Taycan will come with a pair of permanently activated synchronous motors (PSM) that deliver 600 horsepower. The new sedan promises to race from 0-100km/h in under 3.5 seconds, and hit 200km/h within 12 seconds.

Porsche has billed the Taycan as a track-capable EV, created to support multiple jump starts in quick succession without power loss due to battery overheating. Porsche will begin production of the Taycan later this year. The Taycan will have an electric system output upwards of 600hp and a possible range of more than 500km on a full charge.

Porsche's first full-electric sports vehicle won't hit the streets until next year but the Mission E concept now has a street-legal name: Taycan. The four-door, four-seat Taycan's floor-mounted batteries point to an extremely low centre of gravity and handling to match more focused performance machines.

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Stefan Weckbach, Head of the BEV Model Series at Porsche, recently said that they want to make their first all-electric vehicle feel "like a real Porsche."

The Taycan is now tested in prototype form and shouldn't be much different from the Mission E concept, at least performance-wise.

The Taycan has been dubbed the "Tesla-slayer" by some automotive journalists. And Taycan will arrive in 2019.

As for how much you'll have to spend to have one on your drive, that's another fact which Porsche is playing close to its corporate chest.

Already, the company has committed more than $3.5 billion (3 billion Euros) to electrifying its fleet, but Porsche added that it would invest a further $3.5 billion beyond the original amount. Of that, €500 million of that will go to Taycan variants, with €1 billion toward electrification and hybrid versions of the existing range. There'll also be an outlay on ramping up production.

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