Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Porsche's Electric Car To Be Called Taycan

Porsche's Electric Car To Be Called Taycan

The tail-light strip across the rear is the new Porsche signature which stands out thanks to the diffused lighting.

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. Porsche claims that multiple launches in a row will be possible without a loss in performance, and maximum range will be over 300 miles, per testing under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standards that are usually a bit more generous than USA ones. The name may not mean much to us, but according to Porsche, Taycan means "lively young horse".

When the battery is depleted, it can be rapidly recharged in just a matter of minutes.

The Taycan will be able to go from a stop to 60 miles an hour in under 3.5 seconds, thanks to its two electric motors that produce more than 600 horsepower.

The other likely change is that the door hinges on the Taycan are going to change dramatically from those of the Mission E. The concept auto had rear-hinged back doors, effectively opening up the whole passenger cabin. The company has announced that their first ever EV will be called Porsche Taycan. Porsche Chair Oliver Blume called it "strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom". In the case of the Taycan, then, we're supposed to think about how horse travel made a new age of exploration possible. Automakers are spending billions as they face a period of unprecedented change - stricter environmental regulations are forcing them to offer more battery-powered vehicles even as combustion-engine cars still generate the vast majority of profits.

Porsche says a new paint shop, a dedicated assembly area, and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area all are now being built.

The Taycan will be built in Stuttgart next year, and Porsche said it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in new paint shops, motor factories, and transport.

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