Porsche’s first-ever full electric sports car will be known as the Taycan. The model was previously called ‘Mission E’ when it was first unveiled as a concept model back in 2015.
The name Taycan is roughly translated as ‘lively young horse’, which references the heart of the Porsche crest featuring its iconic leaping steed since 1952. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG said, “Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom.”
To recap, the Porsche Taycan is a four-seater full-electric model with a range of well over 500 km on a single charge. This is credited to the Taycan’s new 800-Volt power system that doubles that of the regular 400-Volt system used by other electric vehicles.
Power comes from two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM), one on each axle. According to Porsche, the combined output of both motors is 600 hp, allowing the AWD Taycan to complete the century sprint in just 3.4 seconds.
Production of the Taycan is expected to commence in 2019.