Porsche Taycan name confirmed for production version of Mission E

Porsche Taycan name confirmed for production version of Mission E

Porsche Taycan name confirmed for production version of Mission E

Porsche says the Taycan will feature two electric motors generating a total more than 440kW.

That, if you haven't been paying attention to EVs, is some direct snark at Tesla. 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 maximum range is set at 500 km via NEFZ, and thanks to an 800 volt architecture, the battery can draw enough power from an HPC unit for a 100 km range in only four minutes.

The serial version of the concept of Mission E will be called Taycan.

The Taycan has been dubbed the "Tesla-slayer" by some automotive journalists. We'll come back with a report from Zuffenhausen regarding Porsche's plans for the next decade.

Porsche's commitment to Taycan variants comes as part of a wider investment in the brand's electrification strategy. In the case of the Taycan, then, we're supposed to think about how horse travel made a new age of exploration possible.

"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom", Porsche executive board chairman Oliver Blume said at a ceremony in Stuttgart celebrating the company's 70th anniversary. Prices are expected to start around $80,000 to $90,000.

Although it's not due for reveal until 2019, ahead of arriving in showrooms in 2020, Porsche has already racked up thousands of test miles in mules that appear to be further advanced than regular cars at this stage of their development process.

Porsche will invest over $7 billion in electric vehicles and related technology by 2022. Today, it has announced that it's doubling that investment.

Extensive construction and expansion at the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen headquarters At the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, 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 all are now being built. It's also expanding an existing engine plant to build electric drivelines.

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