Porsche has revealed the name of the production Mission E all-electric sedan, which will launch as the 2020 Porsche Taycan. On Friday, though, the worls at least learned a name of the auto that could be the first to give Tesla a run for its money.
The name, which is derived from Turkish, according to Porsche, and translates as "lively young horse", is a reference to the prancing steed at the center of Porsche's shield-shaped logo.
The Taycan "must be a Porsche first", Stefan Weckbach, vice president of Porsche's battery electric vehicle program, told The New York Times recently. The name was confirmed today, at the official opening of the "70 Years Porsche Sportscar" special exhibition at the Porsche Museum in the Zuffenhausen district of Stuttgart, Germany. "Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable, said Porsche Chairman Oliver Blume". But it will run on electricity. This will enable the auto to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in less than 12 seconds.
The Porsche Taycan (codename: Porsche J1) is based on a dedicated electric vehicle platform.
Porsche's got a history with names that are a bit, shall we say, different.
The Porsche Taycan will debut the company's 800-volt charging system called Porsche Turbo Charging that offers ultra-fast charging.
Porsche has said it plans to double its investment in hybrid and fully electric vehicles to more than 6 billion euros (£5.2 billion) by 2022 as parent Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) seeks to overcome an emissions-cheating scandal and tap into growing demand for greener transportation.
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 all-wheel-drive Taycan use two electric motors - one on each axle - drawing their power from lithium ion batteries mounted in the floor.
The Taycan is expected to go on sale late next year.