In preparation for the production of the first purely electric Porsche, which is set to begin next year, the new name loosely translates to “lively young horse” – a reference to the Porsche badge featuring a leaping steed since 1952.
Formerly known as the “Mission E” in its concept stages, the Taycan is powered by two permanently synchronous motors (PSM) with an output of 600 hp. As Mark Webber recently experienced, it allows the Taycan to get to 100 km/h from standstill in under 3.5 seconds and with 0 to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds The vehicle’s maximum range is over 500 km.
Porsche will have their hands tied in the next decade following the recent introduction of another all-electric concept, the Mission E Cross Turismo. Expansion works are already underway at the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany with a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area currently being constructed.
Some 500 million euros will be allocated for the development of other variants for the Taycan with an additional one billion euros for electrification and hybridisation of the existing product range.