The Mission E concept by Porsche was already showcased by the German luxury automaker as a preview to an all-electric car that the company was working on. Due for production from next year, the Mission E concept has got the official name for the production spec of the car as ‘Taycan’. The rough meaning of the name is "lively young horse", referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952.
Commenting on the name, 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."
The name has been announced by Porsche for its first purely electric series as part of the "70 years of sports cars" ceremony. The name was announced overnight during an event to celebrate 70 years since it registered its first car, the 356 'No 1' Roadster hence signifying the launch of the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche. The four-door car with a sports car shape was first unveiled to the public as the Mission E concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. A crossover SUV version, called the Mission E Cross Turismo, was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
The good news for the Indian auto enthusiasts is that the first all-electric car globally by Porsche will surely be making its way to the Indian market. With a system output of over 590 bhp, two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) will be powering the first all-electric Porsche. The Porsche Taycan electric sports car can do a 0-100 kmph sprint in less than 3.5 seconds and can do 0-200 kmph in under 12 seconds. With vehicle's maximum range being over 500 km in accordance with the NEDC, Multiple jump starts are also possible in succession without loss of performance. This performance is in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles.
Doubling the expenditure that the company had originally planned, Porsche plans to invest more than 6 billion Euros in electromobility by 2022. The additional three billion euro will be spent in different categories – around 500 million euro will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives, around one billion euro for electrification and hybridization of the existing product range, while several hundred million for the expansion of production sites and around 700 million euro for new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.
Currently, Porsche is constructing 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 at the Porsche headquarters in Zuffenhausen. Other than this, the existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drives and the body shop will also be developed. Though, production of the Taycan is creating around 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen alone, the automaker has also planned investment for Weissach Development Centre.
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