The Porsche Taycan is the first electric car from Porsche and one of the most anticipated EVs ever. First unveiled back in 2015 at the Frankfurt motor show as the Mission E, the production version fits somewhere in between the Panamera and the 911 in terms of size.
Porsche wants more than 50% of its vehicles sold to be electric by 2025, and the Taycan - followed closely by the Taycan Cross Turismo - representing the first few miles of that very long road to electrification.
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE
How will it remain a Porsche, is a question every 911 fan will ask, and the company itself has pondered the question too – and now it has an answer of sorts. In a press release published earlier this year, Porsche said it’s in the looks as well as the handling.
A dual-motor layout delivers four-wheel drive and the 911's four-wheel steering features for agility that would surprise most four-seaters, according to insiders. The batteries are mounted as low as possible within the composite construction for a ground-hugging centre of gravity.
‘There is the sporty flyline, the flared hip, the contour of the windows, the four-point daytime driving lights and the slender head on broad shoulders,’ reads the release. ‘All of these mean that a Porsche is already identified long before its engine sound can be heard.’
HOW FAST IS THE TAYCAN
The electric four-door has the electric equivalent of some 600hp, or 592bhp, making it the second brawniest Porsche after the GT2 RS. Porsche claims the Taycan will sprint from 0-62mph in 'less than 3.5 seconds', dashing past 124mph in just a dozen seconds. Top speed meanwhile will be 'more than 155mph'.
HOW WILL YOU CHARGE THE ELECTRIC PORSCHE TAYCAN
Like the Audi e-Tron GT, Porsche says the Taycan will be compatible with 800v power points, and that makes for some very quick charging, indeed: Porsche is touting 400km in 20 minutes, 80% charge in 17 minutes and up to 100km in just four minutes. That’s actually quick enough for a coffee stop.
You’ll be able to charge your Porsche at slower points or other 800V chargers, but like Tesla, Porsche is keen to create a branded refuelling experience, too. Stuttgart has designed a modular charging system which should make it easier to integrate into different-sized spaces. Porsche is using Combined Charging System (CCS1/CCS2) as the European standard but says other types of charger could be used with small alterations.
WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE
According to a tweet from automotive journalist Alex Roy, the Porsche Taycan is going to come in around a year’s time in a handful of different variants, and the top model is going to be called the Turbo. This confirms what we reported earlier on this year about the EV. The tweet goes on to say that the base model will cost around $90,000 with the 4S reaching up to $100,000 and the 'Turbo' topping out at $130,000.