Porsche Taycan: A Closer Look at the 300-mile Electric Car Coming in 2019
When we first heard about Porsche’s mythical electric vehicle dubbed “Mission E,” it seemed too good to be true. Fortunately, we had enough foresight to note that “a lot can change in three years.”
Indeed, just about everything in the EV space has shifted since 2015. For starters, we’ve seen General Motors beat out Tesla in the affordable electric car market and watched luxury German brands start eyeing Model S in the high end of the segment.
As of summer 2018, Porsche no longer talks about the potential of its EV; the automaker has confirmed it’s coming in 2019. In fact, Porsche has released some eye-popping specs for a model it will call Taycan. Here’s everything on the record about this groundbreaking EV.
1. Elite power and performance
By now, you’ve likely heard of Tesla’s most powerful car, the Model S P100D ($133,000) capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in less than 2.5 seconds. That model stands tall among most vehicles (electric or otherwise) on the U.S. market.
Porsche plans to play in the same arena, bringing at least 600 horsepower to the table in its Taycan. The setup, which includes two permanently excited synchronous motors, will blast this car to 60 in less than 3.5 seconds.
2. Range above 300 miles
While the Taycan will have few equals in terms of power, the same applies to the debut model’s range. In a statement, Porsche said it will break 300 miles on a single charge. (That number uses the NEDC cycle, so it may get a lower EPA estimate.) One year before its release, only two Teslas can boast such specs.
But range is only part of the story with electric cars. Charging capabilities have remained somewhat stagnant in recent years. Porsche plans to shatter the current standard.
3. Groundbreaking charging specs
When car consumers speak of “range anxiety,” slow charging networks are a big part of the story. That is, if chargers could add 100 miles of range in five minutes, then EVs with any reasonably sized battery would be viable for commuters.
Yet Tesla Superchargers currently lead the pack, and at their peak they’re capable of adding up to 180 miles in 30 minutes. Porsche’s 800v battery would be able to add 250 miles of range in 15 minutes.
That would instantly make Taycan an EV built for both local and distance travel. In other words, it would be like a normal performance car.
While we’ve heard criticism of four-door Porsches (especially the Panamera) for their awkward styling, the look of Taycan has won most people over. In concept form, it has a stunning form, though there are bound to be a few changes in the production model when it appears in 2019.
For one thing, it doesn’t appear that the suicide doors seen in the photo above made it to the tester models Porsche took out into the wild. Every production car has its share of compromises, but we’re going to hope Taycan gets as much of the concept as is practically possible.
We’ll have to speculate here. Since Porsche is rivaling top-of-the-line Teslas in power and driving range, you’d have to expect a price tag above six figures. (A turbo Panamera featuring 550 horsepower runs buyers $150,000.)
In its statement detailing Taycan specs, Porsche said it expects to sell 20,000 units per year. Since the automaker sells about 30,000 911 models a year and only a handful of EVs currently break 20,000 sales on the U.S. market, we’d guess Taycan stays below priciest 911s.
Interested parties can sign up for the Taycan deposit option program on the Porsche website.
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