Porsche names its first fully electric car the TaycanBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 13 June 2018 | Categories: News
It's been more than two years since Porsche first debuted its all-electric concept car - the Mission E. Now an official production model of the vehicle has been revealed, and in the process been re-christened the Taycan. According to the Stuttgart-based carmaker, Taycan means "spirited young horse", but if we're honest the new name does not exactly scream cutting edge electric car.
Despite the name though, the specifications of the Taycan are indeed the latest available on the electric vehicle (EV) market. To that end it sports two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) which yield a combined 440 kW. This system ensures that the Taycan can get off the line and hit 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, as well as hit 200 km/h in under 12 seconds.
Added to this is an estimated driving range of 500 kilometres before a recharge is required. All in all those are Tesla Model 3 numbers, but with the addition of Porsche's heritage, may give the Taycan a competitive edge to Tesla's flagship car in the EV stakes.
Unfortunately there is no official release date, nor pricing for the Taycan, which also means no word from Porsche South Africa on whether it will be brought into the country.
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