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Porsche’s First Fully Electric Sports Car Is Here

The German automaker is taking steps forward with their new offering Taycan

Rolling Stone India
Rolling Stone India Jul 26, 2018

Porsche’s complete electric offering will be known as the Taycan. Photo: Press Image

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The future of mobility is another step closer: Series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin next year.

In preparation, the vehicle has now been given its official name: The “Mission E” concept study, the name currently used to describe Porsche’s complete electric offering, will be known as the Taycan. The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse” referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952.

“Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom,” explains Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

The oriental name also signifies the launch of the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche. Porsche announced the name for its first purely electric series as part of the “70 years of sports cars” ceremony.

Two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of over 600 hp (440 kW) accelerate the electric sports car to 100 km/h in well under 3.5 seconds and to 200 km/h in under twelve seconds. This performance is in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles: Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance, and the vehicle’s maximum range is over 500 km in accordance with the NEDC.

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