Porsche continues to prepare its assault on Tesla, and on Friday the German automaker announced the production version of the Mission E concept will be called the Porsche Taycan (pronounced "tie-con").
Porsche has also shown a Mission E Cross Turismo concept, a wagon version of the electric vehicle. The company has announced that their first ever EV will be called Porsche Taycan. Digital projects, such as networking via Porsche Connect and data security using blockchain in sports cars, will also feature. It's an apt title for the freshest model in Porsche's stable.
The vehicle is expected to have a range of over 250 miles.
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 big drain of maximum power can tax the charging (or discharging) system of an electric powertrain and hinder performance.
Porsche is talking about a 800-volt system that should allow a charge rate of up to 350 kW, which could charge the vehicle up to 80% in only 15 minutes.
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. The electric sports auto is expected to go on sale at the end of 2019. 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. Still, previous suggestions have indicated a starting price in the region of $80-90k.
Porsche has constructed a new factory specifically for electric vehicles at its Stuttgart campus.
Porsche's original goal had been to spend three billion euro ($3.53bn) on electromobility by 2022.
At the Zuffenhausen HQ, Porsche has a new paint show and dedicated paint shop for the new auto.