Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Porsche reveals series name for electric auto: Taycan

Porsche reveals series name for electric auto: Taycan

The Taycan is now tested in prototype form and shouldn't be much different from the Mission E concept, at least performance-wise.

New electric vehicle startups including SF Motors, Lucid Motors, Fisker and others are planning to release their own luxury electric models. Porsche executives have said that more electric cars will follow.

The reserve Porsche Taycan will be about 500 kilometers. The name Taycan means "lively young horse", according to Porsche.

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 announcement that the production version of Mission E will be called Taycan was made by Porsche recently at the Porsche Museum, during the opening ceremony of the "70 years of the Porsche sports car" special exhibition. Porsche revealed its new electric sedan will be called the Taycan, pronounced "tie-con".

Zellmer adds that "over the next 10 years our strategy will reflect a mixture of models using internal combustion, plug-in and fully electric powertrains". "It must have repeatable and sustained performance". Porsche claims a 0-60 time of "well under 3.5 seconds" and a range of more than 300 miles based on the New European Driving Cycle. The variants, of which there is likely to be three, will vary from around 400bhp up to 600bhp. Although Chairman Oliver Blume told auto a year ago that the vehicle will be priced like an entry-level Panamera-which is $85,000. It also plans a crossover version of the vehicle, as previewed by the Cross Turismo concept that made its debut at March's Geneva Motor Show. The production electric vehicle will begin in 2020.

Porsche's teaser reel today confirms one big loss: the fancy rear view cameras. The firm will double total investment up to 6bn Euros by 2022, spending on everything from a rapid charging infrastructure to hybrid and electric versions of its existing range.

At Porsche, the vehicle names generally have a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics.

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