Porsche has revealed that production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin next year, and in preparation for that launch the Mission E concept, as it was called, will be known as the Taycan. Apparently, the name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest.
Two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of over 600 hp (440 kW) will power the Taycan to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and to 200 km/h in under twelve seconds. This performance is, says Porsche, in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles. The Taycan’s maximum range is over 500 km in accordance with the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle).
Porsche says it plans to invest more than €6 billion euro in electromobility by 2022, doubling the expenditure that the company had originally planned. Of the additional €3 billion, some €500 million will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives, around €1 billion for electrification and hybridisation of the existing product range, several hundred million for the expansion of production sites, plus around €700 million for new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.
At the Porsche headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, 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 are currently being constructed. The existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drives and the body shop will also be developed. Production of the Taycan is creating around 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen alone.