Porsche's first all-electric auto will be called the 'Taycan'

Porsche's first all-electric auto will be called the 'Taycan'

"You can expect that there will be new faces in our dealerships and current customers adding a new, all-electric Porsche to their garage".

Series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin next year.

The news follows the release of the the first official drive footage of the Taycan last month, which showed the electric sports vehicle being driven at pace by Mark Webber around the brand's Weissach test track.

Chris Jordan, head of public relations for Porsche Australia, confirmed the Taycan will be here in 2020. I'd say this is a fitting name.

Porsche promises a "level of continuous power that is unmatched by any other electric vehicle".

"Racing puts an enormous amount of stress on cars", Zellmer said. The Mission E is dead. Porsche executives hint that it could be headed for production.

Zellmer dismisses such concerns. In fact, the meaning refers to the company.

We'll have more, including a first drive of the Taycan, as soon as we get it. But the Taycan's floor-mounted batteries should give it an extremely low centre of gravity to allow for hunkered-down handling that's comparable with more focused performance machines.

The Taycan is the first in a line of electric cars to be launched by Porsche.

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. Zellmer says the company will not resort to "gimmicks such as sound effects that mimic an eight-cylinder engine". It had previously been unveiled as the Porsche Mission E in concept form. The customers will have different battery pack options. It'll go to 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds and to a top speed of 124 mph in less than twelve seconds.

Porsche plans to differentiate itself from Tesla through its dealership network as well. They're generally accepted as being more optimistic than the US's EPA tests, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the Taycan fall somewhere in the high-200s when those results are available.

In contrast, Porsche wants owners of its vehicles to consider their local dealership as a portal to its brand universe.

Porsche is working with partners to create 500 fast charging stations at highway locations and at Porsche dealers around the United States.

The prototype Porsche Mission E debuted in 2015. "The name has its linguistic roots in the East", it claims.

Porsche reports 49 miles per gallon in electric mode, and 21 mpg combined city/highway in gas mode - the latter being an especially good number for a auto packing a racing-oriented twin-turbo V8. Drivers are cautioned to constantly monitor the system, but a few recent Tesla accidents - including a fatality - resulted from such inattention. Porsche says that it won't happen here. Investments are also planned for the Weissach Development Center. Expect more traditional hinges on the production version.

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