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Porsche to name all-electric model Taycan

Porsche to name all-electric model Taycan

If you're wondering how Porsche came up with the names for its other cars, here's a quick rundown.

"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomises freedom", says Porsche chief Oliver Blume.

The prancing Taycan isn't short of oomph: its 600-horsepowers can launch it from 0-to-60 mph (96km/h) in under 3.5 seconds, and it should travel over 300 miles on a single charge. The Taycan "will offer reproducible performance and a top speed which can be maintained for long periods", he said.

"This principle is also shaping "the future of the sports car", with the Mission E, the series version of which will be launched on the market in 2019 as the first purely electrically powered Porsche, drawing on the experiences gained from the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid". According to Porsche, other electric cars can not handle repeated hard acceleration because their batteries will overheat.

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In February, Porsche's head of electric vehicles, Stefan Weckbach, said the Taycan will be able to sustain its performance better than the Model S.

The Porsche Mission E arrived nearly three years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, signalling Porsche's "Mission" to embrace all things "E". The automaker hasn't announced official pricing yet. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told us: "We will think of different options and there will be more than one, with different levels of power". And with good reason, the Mission E's specs are truly remarkable and may ultimately sway some prospective Model S buyers to side with Porsche instead.

Previously, the manufacturer has released pictures of the build pre-production copies Taycan, where you can see individual elements of the model, for example, headlamps. Porsche plans to use its existing engine plant to make the twin-motor drive units, which is being expanded accordingly. However, none of these companies have the brand recognition and storied history that Porsche has.


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