Porsche’s first electric auto to be called Taycan

Porsche Gives Taycan Name To Road Going Mission E Concept

Announcing the name, the company has even released a teaser video that reveals that the Porsche Taycan features a fully digital instrument cluster - a first for a Porsche.

Before you worry that Porsche isn't Taycan care of business, the new name is actually pronounced tie-con. The German automaker announced today (June 8) that its first all-electric supercar, which was called the Mission E in development, will be known as the Taycan, an Eurasian name which roughly translates as "lively young horse".

A quick refresher: The Taycan is a sport sedan with an electric powertrain riding on a Porsche-developed platform code-named J1. The four-door, four-seat Taycan's floor-mounted batteries point to an extremely low centre of gravity and handling to match more focused performance machines. The car's top speed will be 155 miles an hour.

The Taycan is the start of a broader electrification strategy at Porsche.




Porsche has said battery-only vehicles could account for a quarter of its sales by 2025.

Porsche plans to double its investment in hybrid and electric vehicles to more than US$7 billion by 2022; it predicts battery-powered vehicles could make up one-quarter of its sales by 2025. The company says the auto can hit 60 mph in "well under" 3.5 seconds and 124 mph miles per in less than 12 seconds.

Over-the-air updates will be possible on the Porsche Taycan, upgrading on-board infotainment systems and safety tech, but also offering to boost power if the customer wishes. It's also expanding an existing engine plant to build electric drivelines.

With new so-called J1 architecture that will enable fast-charging to 80% in just 15 minutes, the Taycan will reach the market with one of the most high-tech powertrains used on an electric vehicle yet. And with good reason, the Mission E's specs are truly remarkable and may ultimately sway some prospective Model S buyers to side with Porsche instead. That means the vehicle will be able to add as much as 100 km of range in as little as four minutes.

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