Porsche's first electric vehicle to be called the Taycan

Virginia Carson
June 11, 2018

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.

The name, according to Porsche, is of "Eurasian" origin and can be roughly translated as "lively young horse". The electric sports vehicle is expected to go on sale at the end of 2019.

Two permanently activated synchronous motors power the Taycan, generating a 600-hp system output. Porsche says a four minute charge will be good enough to deliver approximately 100 km (62 miles) of range.

Stefan Weckbach, Head of the BEV Model Series at Porsche, recently said that they want to make their first all-electric vehicle feel "like a real Porsche."

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Porsche, a family-built company which now is part of the Volkswagen Group empire, plans to deploy hybrid gas-electric engines across much of its model range.

Porsche, whose production cars always benefited from success on race tracks, is following that same pattern in pushing forward with electric-motor technology. Prices are expected to start around $80,000 to $90,000.

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The Porsche Taycan will be the automaker's first official battery-electric sedan. Of the additional three billion euro, some 500 million euro is claimed to be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives.

Extensive modifications and expansion at the Zuffenhausen headquarters At the Porsche headquarters in 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 are now being constructed.

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