The “Mission E” concept study, the name currently used to describe Porsche’s complete electric offering, will be known as the Taycan. Series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin in 2019.
At Porsche, the vehicle names generally have a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics. ‘Taycan’ means the equivalent of ‘lively young horse’ and has a link with the Porsche emblem which has been depicted as a leaping horse since 1952. The name has its linguistic roots in Eurasia.
“Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomises freedom,” Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, explains.
Two permanently activated synchronous motors (PSM) generating a system output of over 600 horsepower accelerate the electric sports car to 60 miles per hour in well under 3.5 seconds and to 124 miles per hour (200 km/h) on the track in less than twelve seconds. The vehicle’s maximum range will be over 300 miles as measured in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
Porsche plans to invest more than €6 billion ($7 billion) in electromobility by 2022, doubling the investment that the company had originally planned. Of the additional €3 billion ($3.1 billion), some €500 million ($585 million) will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives, around €1 billion ($1.2 billion) for electrification and hybridisation of the existing product range, several hundred million for the expansion of production sites, and around €700 million ($819 million) for new technologies, charging infrastructure, and smart mobility.
At the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area for the Taycan, and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area all are currently being built. The existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric motors, and a new body shop will also be developed.
Investments are also planned for the Weissach Development Center. Production of the Taycan is creating around 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen alone.