Porsche has just released the technical details of their first ever electric vehicle (EV), the Porsche Taycan. Driven by two electric motors with 600 hp and over 500 km electric driving range, the soon to be launched Taycan seems to have the firepower to take on Tesla’s reign in the EV scene.
Engineers have gone with a dual motor setup with their first ever electric sportscar, two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) – similar to the ones used in the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid – located on each axle, effectively making the Taycan a four-wheel driven machine.
Combined, the dual PSM electric motors generate over 600 hp, allowing the Taycan to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and will hit 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. Porsche knows that while this EV was designed for efficiency and zero emission commute, they can’t help to inject some of that Porsche racing DNA during the development process.
The 800-volt lithium-ion battery pack was designed to be lighter, more efficient and fast-charging ready. The biggest benefit from this innovation is to achieve high battery capacity for both charging and discharging over the entire temperature range, allowing the car to gain 400 km of range with just 15 minutes of charging.
Porsche has built three figures worth of the Taycan prototype to undergo real-world testing in the most demanding driving conditions from the western part of South Africa with daily temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Celsius. By the time the Porsche Taycan hits the market in late 2019, the company would have done millions of kilometres already.