Porsche Mission E Becomes the Taycan
Automologist MAC (the only one amongst us who drives a Porsche…no, the rest of us are not bitter at all) brings us the details on the first all-electric car by the German automaker.
Okay, so my good friends over at Porsche have announced the arrival, albeit in 2020, of their first fully electric car and have elaborated on what it takes to get 50% of their cars electrified by 2025. This has of course been no secret; after all, they have been publicly working on the Mission E project for some time.
The new car is officially called the Taycan—which is pronounced Tie-kahn and means ‘lively small horse’ in Turkish—a nod to the small black horse that is in the middle of the Porsche crest.
Taycan—Turkish for lively small horse?
Porsche is adding 1,200 jobs over at Zuffenhausen in Germany, where the new beastie will be built on a new production line, which is described as a factory within a factory. Here, the company is going all out to appease the hemp-trouser-wearing brigade by building the Taycan in a carbon-neutral zero-impact facility. But enough about the factory; what do we know about the car thus far?
Well, the price is set to be at around the US$90,000 mark, which is obviously not cheap and also remarkably similar to the Tesla Model S, and approximates to the entry-level Panamera. The styling is very much similar to the Mission E that we have become accustomed to and, to my eye, looks like a cross between the 911 and Panamera. It will have four doors and two full-sized adult seats in the rear, as long as they are not too tall as the swooping roof line will most definitely cut into the headroom. So, it is more of a grand tourismo than a sports car.
The inside is probably where you will notice the most changes from standard Porsche styling, with touchscreens and digital displays; with the big battery located between the front and back wheels, there is sure to be enough room for a set of golf clubs or two. It is also possible that the Taycan will be offered in an Estate version, which of course means that even your pet dog will be able to experience what 0 to 100 in 3.5 seconds feels like.
Powered by two electric motors that are capable of producing 600hp and with a range of somewhere near 500 kilometres (allegedly), the car will be able to take an about 70% charge in a mere 15 minutes, assuming you can find one of the Porsche 800V charging stations, that is. Porsche has not, though, confirmed how long it will take to charge the batteries from flat nor how long when using the sort of charging stations that are currently being built in motorway service stations.
I wonder how much it will cost to install the charging station at home?
So, the car looks great and I know that with Porsche’s pedigree, it will drive great as well. I just hope that someone figures out where we are going to get the raw materials for the batteries of the future and how we are going to generate all of that extra electricity…