Porche's Taycan will be competitor to Tesla

Porche's Taycan will be competitor to Tesla

Porche's Taycan will be competitor to Tesla

Porsche's first fully-electric auto will be called the Taycan, the company revealed on Friday.

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". Loathe it? Let us know what you think of the Taycan name in the comments section below. So now you know.

The announcement that the production version of Mission E will be called Taycan was made by Porsche recently at the Porsche Museum, during the opening ceremony of the "70 years of the Porsche sports car" special exhibition.

Two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of over 600 hp (440 kW) accelerate the electric sports vehicle to 100 km/h in well under 3.5 seconds and to 200 km/h in under twelve seconds.

Like a horse, Porsche says the Taycan will be strong, dependable, and able to cover long distances.

This version of the Taycan is expected to be the flagship model but Porsche has invested a further 500million Euros (£437million) into its electrification strategy to develop additional versions of the vehicle.

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And here we thought Porsche was slowly reverting to using numbers instead of those controversial names; when the current Boxster and Cayman were launched, Porsche added the 718 moniker. Porsche claims a 0-60 time of "well under 3.5 seconds" and a range of more than 300 miles based on the New European Driving Cycle.

The most recently photographed test vehicle was being towed by a Cayenne.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's naming strategy is racier in a different way: He was shooting to have the Model Line up read S, E, X, Y, until Ford scuppered his "E".

Porsche's original goal had been to spend three billion euro ($3.53bn) on electromobility by 2022. Porche Taycan price will start from $75,000.

That's because the Panamera's mighty 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8 is switched off and the big beast is running near-silent thanks to a 136-horsepower electric motor located between the front wheels that's powered by a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery. And Taycan will arrive in 2019. The car's top speed will be 155 miles an hour.

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