Three years ago, Porsche debuted its Mission E concept, the first electric vehicle to challenge Elon Musk's Tesla Model S. Today that the Mission E concept has a new name as it moves closer to production.
According to Porsche, the Taycan name is a Eurasian word that roughly translates to "lively young horse" and is a reference to the "leaping steed" on the company's badge. So now you know.
Porsche's de facto Tesla-fighter, the one-time Mission E that was just renamed Taycan, is due out next year.
It will have a range of over 300 miles, produce over 600 horsepower, and accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds.
Porsche promises a "level of continuous power that is unmatched by any other electric vehicle".
Make that gallop. The Taycan's pair of electric motors will output "over 600 hp" and launch the auto to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds.
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What's more, Uew Michael - Porsche's head of Electrics/Electronics Development - recently said that the Taycan will be able to charge twice as fast as a Model S. Specifically, Michael said that a high-voltage superchargers will be able to give the Taycan 250 miles of range in less than 20 minutes. Tesla now has stores where its cars and solar products are sold, and soon will add fix centers, but they do not present themselves as traditional dealerships.
The serial version of the concept of Mission E will be called Taycan.
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". Porche Taycan price will start from $75,000.
Porsche will invest over $7 billion in electric vehicles and related technology by 2022. It's also expanding an existing engine plant to build electric drivelines.
Porsche reports 49 miles per gallon in electric mode, and 21 mpg combined city/highway in gas mode - the latter being an especially good number for a vehicle packing a racing-oriented twin-turbo V8.