Porsche Taycan - all-electric sports vehicle gets a name

Donna Miller
June 13, 2018

According to the German automaker, the name (pronounced tie-con) can be roughly translated as "lively young horse", and references the leaping horse that has been present on Porsche's emblem since 1952.

When creating the Mission E show auto, Porsche drew from experience gained during development of its Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race vehicle. This is credited to the Taycan's new 800-Volt power system that doubles that of the regular 400-Volt system used by other electric vehicles.

The most recently photographed test vehicle was being towed by a Cayenne.

The development for the auto is headed by Stefan Weckbach, who previously led product strategy and more recently was responsible for the development of the Boxster. Although the Taycan shares a similar silhouette to the Panamera saloon, the Tesla Model S rival will be more compact and cheaper; entry-level versions priced between £60,000 and £70,000 mean it will carry only a small premium over its main rival. He also stated that the network would be ready to support the Mission E (now Taycan) when it launches.

Porsche 911 Speedster Concept Double Bubble View
Porsche 911 Speedster Concept Double Bubble View

In addition to this, the vehicle will be able to recharge 100km in just four minutes when attached to a fast charger. "It isn't decided yet, but it could be possible to charge up with more power".

The oriental name also signifies the launch of the first electric sports auto with the soul of a Porsche.

Nods to Porsche history include a centre fuel filler, "Talbot" mirrors, "taped" headlights, silver white paint job and low fly line, influenced by the original 356 1500 Speedster which started the Speedster lineage. The brand is using the Taycan to spearhead its growing investment, which has totalled £5.3 billion (Rs 47,898 crore) for EV technology.

In 2016, Porsche created a lavish coffee table book that celebrates the 911, revealing the continuous process of evolution and build quality that has kept the vehicle fresh down they years. One variant of the Taycan that we are already certain of is a crossover as previewed by the Mission E Cross Turismo.

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