As part of its naming nomenclature for future electric vehicles, the name Taycan has been finalised as the commercial name for the Mission E. Pronounced tie-con and not tey-kuhn, the name is said to be traced to a word for a “lively young horse” in reference to the design at the heart of the Porsche crest.
“Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable. It’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomises freedom,” says Porsche chief Oliver Blume.
Porsche has been in development mode with Mission E since 2015 and the production car is expected to hit roads in 2019. In a layout that’s will be similar to Teslas skateboard architecture, the Taycan will sport a battery pack of around 90 kilowatt-hours tucked under the floor. Since the car will be All-Wheel Drive (AWD) it will come with a pair of electric motors. Porsche has revealed the technology that it will use in what’s called “permanent magnet synchronous” motors, which promise higher torque for a given size, weight and electricity consumption.
Output is expected to be 600hp which should help launch the car from zero to 62 mph in under 3.5 seconds and up to 124 mph in under 12 seconds which is a bit slower than the Ludicrous mode of Tesla’sPorsche has billed the Taycan as a track-capable EV, designed to support multiple jump starts in quick succession without power loss due to battery overheating.
Porsche is investing €700 million in building a new facility for the production of EVs in Zufferhausen in Germany.