Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Porsche renames Mission E to 'Taycan'

Porsche 911 Mission E Rendering Imagines An Enticing Electric Coupe Porsche Taycan is the name for the production Mission E
Laurie Berry | 09 June, 2018, 21:02

The automaker says that the names translates as "lively young horse", which is a reference to the prancing horse in their badge that you probably didn't notice before just now. 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.

Taycan's power train will production more than 600 horsepower that will allow the electric vehicle to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph on the track in less than 12 seconds, the company said.

What else do we know about the Taycan?

The electric sports vehicle is expected to go on sale at the end of 2019. Porsche executives have said that more electric cars will follow. Features such as the flared haunches, LED tail-light strip and coupe-like rear end will remain to echo the looks of the 911 sports vehicle. Of that, €500 million of that will go to Taycan variants, with €1 billion toward electrification and hybrid versions of the existing range.

Porsche has been using the Mission E codename quite publicly for a couple years now, since the concept's first debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015.

The Mission E concept generates almost 600bhp via a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, one on each axle.

Flying car startup backed by Google founder offers test flights
It is now being tested in New Zealand and has been designed as a transportation alternative for cities with heavy traffic. The Flyer, which was designed as a recreational vehicle, has a flight time of 12 to 20 minutes on a full charge.

All-wheel drive is expected to be standard on all versions initially, but there is the possibility of Porsche launching a more affordable rear-wheel-drive edition in the future.

The Taycan will have a great advantage with its 800-volt, 350-kw charging system.

A screengrab from the Porsche Taycan name announcement video.

Porsche AG named its first auto to directly compete with electric leader Tesla Inc. the Taycan, as the German manufacturer gears up for what will arguably be its most ambitious and potentially risky vehicle project ever.

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. That means the auto will be able to add as much as 100 km of range in as little as four minutes.

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