Thursday, 21 June, 2018

The official name of the Porsche Mission E is the… Porsche Taycan

Prototype for production Porsche Mission E Prototype for production Porsche Mission EEnlarge
Preston Stone | 10 June, 2018, 19:17

Taycan keeps true to Porsche's tradition of using names that people will mispronounce more than a few times before getting it right.

Safeguarding Porsche's cachet and healthy profit margins as the company makes huge investments in electric cars and new digital services is vital for parent Volkswagen AG. The Taycan will have an electric system output upwards of 600hp and a possible range of more than 500km on a full charge.

Known as the Mission E until today, Porsche said its upcoming battery electric sports auto will be called Taycan.

Taycan means "a lively, young horse" and is inspired by the stallion engraved in the legendary Porsche logo. Particularly noteworthy is that the Taycan's 800V charging technology will enable 100km of range with just 4 min of charge.

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The range-topping Taycan will reportedly have over 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) from its electric motors and will be able to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than 3.5 seconds.

The Mission E concept vehicle is a big part of the special exhibition as Porsche presents it as the "the future of the sports car". "The name has its linguistic roots in the East", it claims.

"At Porsche, the vehicle names generally have a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics", the automaker points out. My vote: Like its corporate siblings the VW Tiguan or Touareg-it's a bit too...fancy, shall we say. If you've even taken a close look at a Porsche emblem/crest, you've noticed the leaping steed that's been there since 1952.

Porsche's original goal had been to spend three billion euro ($3.53bn) on electromobility by 2022. Around 500 million euro is going to go on Taycan variants and derivatives, it says, while around a billion euro will got on electrification and hybridization of the existing Porsche line-up. There'll also be an outlay on ramping up production. First up will be new infrastructure to support the Taycan: a dedicated assembly area, electric motor manufacturing, and a new body shop, all in Stuttgart.

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