Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Porsche’s first electric vehicle to be called Taycan

Porsche’s first electric vehicle to be called Taycan

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.

"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom", Porsche executive board chairman Oliver Blume said at a ceremony in Stuttgart celebrating the company's 70th anniversary. Two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of over 590 bhp.

Make that gallop. The Taycan's pair of electric motors will output "over 600 hp" and launch the vehicle to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. Porsche claims a maximum range of over 500 km for the Tesla Model S rival.

Porsche is doubling down on electric cars, saying it will pour over €6 billion (about $7.1 million) into electromobility by 2022.

Zellmer adds that "over the next 10 years our strategy will reflect a mixture of models using internal combustion, plug-in and fully electric powertrains".

Porsche's Mission E concept had envisaged a stylish sedan that would match all other Porsches in performance and its electric powertrain will run for over 300 miles at least in a single charge.

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

Porsche, a family-built company which now is part of the Volkswagen Group empire, plans to deploy hybrid gas-electric engines across much of its model range.

"At Porsche, the vehicle names generally have a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics", the automaker points out.

The Taycan is expected to arrive in 2019 and start around $75,000.

Porsche is now revamping its Stuttgart plant, building a massive extension in order to prepare for electrification.

That's because the Panamera's mighty 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8 is switched off and the big beast is running near-silent thanks to a 136-horsepower electric motor located between the front wheels that's powered by a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery.

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