Porsche Mission E to be called Porsche Taycan

Porsche Mission E to be called Porsche Taycan

Porsche Mission E to be called Porsche Taycan

Porsche will begin production of the Taycan-pronounced tai-kan-next year.

Porsche says that "Taycan" means the equivalent of "spirited young horse", which is a reference to what lies at the heart of the Porsche crest. The electric sports auto is expected to go on sale at the end of 2019.

With new so-called J1 architecture that will enable fast-charging to 80% in just 15 minutes, the Taycan will reach the market with one of the most high-tech powertrains used on an electric vehicle yet. "Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance", Porsche says. Elon Musk is well known for talking up the speed of cars like the Model S, but Porsche has voiced some skepticism about just how long the potent Tesla can keep that up on the track.

New electric vehicle startups including SF Motors, Lucid Motors, Fisker and others are planning to release their own luxury electric models.

And here we thought Porsche was slowly reverting to using numbers instead of those controversial names; when the current Boxster and Cayman were launched, Porsche added the 718 moniker.

Porsche will invest over $7 billion in electric vehicles and related technology by 2022.

Porsche Taycan is the name for the production Mission E

The Taycan will compete against Tesla's Model S sedan. In preparation, the vehicle previously operating under the working title "Mission E" has now been given its official name: Taycan.

The Taycan is expected to go on sale late next year.

Giving a vehicle both electric and gas engines is like building an athlete that can sprint like a 100-meter champ and then pull away like a miler. Of the additional three billion euro, some 500 million euro is claimed to be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives.

At the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area for the Taycan, and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area all are now being built.

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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