Porsche is developing its first fully electric vehicle and it’s based on the Mission E Concept. The production version is expected to make its debut in 2019 and will be called the Taycan, meaning "lively, young horse".
The announcement of the new electric Porsche Taycan follows the Stuttgart-based firm's 70th-anniversary celebrations and in South Africa, Porsche lovers from across the country descended on Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit to celebrate the milestone this past weekend. Porsche marked the occasion with the reveal of the 378 kW, 911 Speedster Concept which pays homage to the 1948 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster.
The 911 Speedster Concept is an open-top sports car that celebrates 70 years of Porsche's sports car history.
Taycan in the making
The Tesla-rivalling Taycan is currently in development and if Porsche’s history is anything to go by, it’s destined to be a special electric car.
The new electric sedan will share design cues with the 2015 Mission E Concept and the range-topping Taycan is expected to offer in the region of 447 kW from its electric motors while the base model will have at least 300 kW. The sprint from zero to 100 kph will take less than 3.5 seconds and the Taycan will have a range of about 500km on a single charge using an 800-volt charger that can recharge 80% in just 15 minutes.
The Porsche Taycan will draw inspiration from the 2015 Mission E Concept.
The Taycan will be built at Porsche’s Stuttgart manufacturing facility. Official images of the Taycan have yet to be revealed but we will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.