Porsche Announces New Name for Its First All-Electric Car
Porsche recently announced the official name for its first all-electric car. The car was previously called Mission E.
The automaker will call the car Taycan, which roughly translates to “lively horse.”
The Taycan will go into production in 2019. The car will run on two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM), which will deliver over 600hp. The new car will reach 62mph in under 3.5 seconds and 125mph in under twelve seconds.
Porsche said the car can run over 310 miles on a single charge, based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche, said: “Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom.”
Porsche will invest around six billion euros to make electric cars more accessible by 2022. It will spend 500 million euros to develop different versions of the Taycan. The automaker will spend one billion euros to convert cars in the current lineup into electric vehicles. It will spend the remaining budget on new production facilities, charging infrastructure, and smart mobility.
In related news, Porsche announced a new app called Porsche Charging Service. The app will let drivers know which charging stations are nearby. Moreover, it will inform users if the stations are vacant and provide prices.
The app aims to simplify the charging process through a digital platform. It will help users integrate car charging into their regular routines, according to Detlev von Platen, member of the executive board responsible for sales and marketing at Porsche.
For now, the charging service is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Finland. Porsche plans to launch the charging services in other countries by the end of 2018.
More and more automakers are entering the electric car world. Recently, Mercedes launched a trailer for its concept electric car called EQA.
The automaker first unveiled the A-Class-sized electric car at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2017. The car is expected to have a 60 kWh battery pack that will yield a 200 to 250 mile range. It will also sport an electric drivetrain that will propel it from 0 to 60 mph in around five seconds.