Porsche's first electric car will be called the Taycan

Posted June 11, 2018

By the end of 2019, Porsche plans to install at least 500 fast-chargers across the United States that will rival Tesla's Supercharger network, which consists of over 10,000 chargers worldwide. "Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable", Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG, explained today, "it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom".

The novelty will be powered by two motors with total power greater than 600 horsepower that will allow the vehicle to dial first "hundred" in less than 3.5 seconds. The new sedan promises to race from 0-100km/h in under 3.5 seconds, and hit 200km/h within 12 seconds. "Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance", Porsche says. The production electric vehicle will begin in 2020.

The vehicle is expected to have a range of over 250 miles.

In terms of range, the target is for the Porsche Taycan cover upwards of 300 miles on a single charge and Porsche says the 800-volt system can take on 62 miles of charge in just 4 minutes - assuming you have access to the necessary high powered charging facilities. Since then, the excitement surrounding the Mission E has continued to build slowly but surely.

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Porsche Taycan or Tesla Model S? Raw acceleration and speed are certainly impressive metrics, but overall range is a much more important metric when we're talking about electric cars.

Porsche announced the name for its first purely electric series as part of the "70 years of sports cars" ceremony in which it also launched a new Porsche 911 Speedster. Exactly when that'll translate to cars arriving on American roads hasn't been shared, though we'd expect a late 2019 debut for that. "The Porsche is expected to have a similar price to the Model S too, somewhere north of $80,000", according to a Quartz report.

Porsche will invest over $7 billion in electric vehicles and related technology by 2022. It will have two highly capable electric motors, one powering the rear axle and the other the front axle.

Safeguarding Porsche's cachet and healthy profit margins as the company makes huge investments in electric cars and new digital services is vital for parent Volkswagen AG.

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