The new Taycan EV will be the leading electric car in Porsche’s lineup when it launches. The German luxury automaker has entered into the EV revolution by starting a lineup of zero-emission cars, with the Taycan and an electric SUV set to arrive in 2020. The manufacturer will offer numerous fast-charge stations to ease the charging process for consumers. In the first three years, the company will allow US- based drivers to charge their vehicles at no costs. The consumers will enjoy 30-minute charges thanks to Porsche’s deal with Electrify America, a US-based charging network. It might seem that 30 minutes is too short, but guess what, you only need four minutes to add power that will drive you for 60 miles! Tesla started the fight by throwing a lethal snap kick and now Porsche has responded with a wicked uppercut. In simple words, the Taycan is Porsche’s answer to the Telsa Model S.
How much will it cost?
You will need around $91,581.63 to own the new Porsche Taycan – this is about the same amount that Porsche asks for the Panamera and Tesla asks for a Model S. The Taycan will be sold in 2020 after it makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
What does Taycan stand for?
In case you’re wondering where it came from, you should know that it was previously known as the Mission E. The manufacturer decided to move into production because the Mission E concept received a warm welcome when it was first launched in 2015. According to the German automaker, Taycan is a Turkish name that loosely stands for “lively young horse” – it pays homage to the “leaping horse” on Porsche’s crest. They couldn’t have chosen a better name to describe this EV because it is more engaging than a controversial Donald Trump speech.
What do we think about the Taycan’s design?
Although the styling of the Taycan will include coupe design cues, it will be offered as a four-door sedan. The manufacturer has succeeded in hiding the vehicle from the press and that’s why nobody knows what it will look like until it appears in showrooms. However, we have confirmed that this new EV will be manufactured to fit into a “bespoke” production platform. The vehicle’s batteries have are placed below the passengers and the driver, just like most modern battery-powered electric cars. This allows the Taycan to have “an extremely low centre of gravity”, which enables it to create more space in the cabin as well as to improve handling.
What do we know about its performance and range?
The new EV is only offered in its all-electric form, and that’s why the famous Porsche flat-six engine is missing in the back. The 2020 Porsche Taycan borrows most of its technological features from a sister brand: the 919 hybrid sports car. The new EV features a lithium-ion battery that offers 270 watt-hours per kilogram and 600bhp. According to Teslarati reports, the vehicle needs around 15 minutes to add a range of 248.5 miles, making the process of charging quicker than most rivals. The NEDC has claimed that the total charging capacity is around 310 miles, making it a worthy competitor of the Tesla Model S. However, this figure is a little exaggerated when is compared to the Environmental Protection Agency, which says that it offers more than 250 miles.
Should we expect an SUV version?
According to Lutz Meschke, Porsche’s finance chief, the German carmaker is likely to offer an SUV battery-electric vehicle in the coming years. He also revealed that the Boxster sports cars and the Porsche Cayman are also possible candidates for electrification. Auto Express suggests that the SUV might be shaped around the Taycan. On the other hand, the crossover might opt for a “shortened version” of the four-door EV. All in all, we are excited that it's not out of the question.
What are the main competitors?
For the last decade, Tesla has been operating as the undisputed king of high-end electric vehicles, offering $100,000 Roadsters. Aside from Tesla, the new Taycan will also be competing against a rising number of new entrants like Jaguar's I-Pace, Audi's e-tron, Cadillac and others. Porsche recently revealed that they have been forced to make more Taycans because of an increase in demand. If this is anything to go by then it is safe to say that the electrification craze is on an all-time high.