Porsche has released more information about the Taycan – the firm’s first all-electric car – which is set to go on sale next year.
The new four-door electric sports car will boast nearly 600bhp and will be capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in under 3.3 seconds.
It will also have one of the best electric ranges, with Porsche saying the Taycan will be able to manage at least 310 miles between charges.
The Taycan will use two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) – the same as those used in the Le Mans 24 hours winning Porsche 919 Hybrid. With the first located at the front wheels and the second at the rear axle, it allows the Taycan to produce 592bhp.
With charging and charge times being one of the greatest factors in EV ownership, it’s easy to understand why this is key for Porsche. Using an 800-volt battery, the Taycan will be geared up for the fastest of rapid chargers. Together with BMW Group, Daimler AG (Mercedes and Smart) and the Volkswagen Group which it’s part of, Porsche is looking to establish faster chargers throughout Europe. As part of this it will also develops its own charger.
Models are currently undergoing prototype testing, with 21 cars recently completing 25,000 miles of testing in South Africa ahead of the car’s launch at the end of 2019.
Taycan was confirmed as the name for Porsche’s first electric car during the firm’s 70th anniversary celebrations in June. It was previously codenamed Mission E.
It comes as part of Porsche’s ambitious plans to become an electric vehicle manufacturer. By 2025, it expects every other car it sells to have an electric motor, although this includes its already-popular plug-in hybrid models.
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July 31, 2018