Porsche Taycan is the production version of the Mission E

Porsche Taycan teaser

Porsche has christened its first electric sports vehicle.

Porsche has also shown a Mission E Cross Turismo concept, a wagon version of the electric vehicle.

While a claimed 0-60 miles per hour sprint of "well under 3.5 seconds" might not throw ice water on Model S P100D owners, it should. The point being: If our test vehicle suggests anything, it's that the Taycan could boast far more get up and go.

Porsche has billed the Taycan as a track-capable EV, created to support multiple jump starts in quick succession without power loss due to battery overheating. It's an apt title for the freshest model in Porsche's stable. The big drain of maximum power can tax the charging (or discharging) system of an electric powertrain and hinder performance. Tesla now has stores where its cars and solar products are sold, and soon will add fix centers, but they do not present themselves as traditional dealerships.

Personally, I'm not a fan of the Taycan name, but the vehicle's specs more than make up for what is arguably a clunky and uninspiring moniker.

By the end of 2019, Porsche plans to install at least 500 fast-chargers across the United States that will rival Tesla's Supercharger network, which consists of over 10,000 chargers worldwide.

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Known as the Mission E until today, Porsche said its upcoming battery electric sports auto will be called Taycan. Porsche confirmed "variants and derivatives" without giving specifics. They'll be swapped out for regular side mirrors on the Taycan. But with the new draft policy which eliminates homologation, Porsche might import the Taycan for those who would want one. Porsche may well decide to follow suit in countries where that's permitted. It is expected to have a range of at least 300 miles. "We can expect more progress in that direction".

Finally, Porsche's fancy new butt design language is a lock-in. Although the Taycan shares a similar silhouette to the Panamera saloon, the Tesla Model S rival will be more compact and cheaper; entry-level versions priced between £60,000 and £70,000 mean it will carry only a small premium over its main rival. It should give it a distinctive look when you're following the EV sedan at night. The automaker says that the names translates as "lively young horse", which is a reference to the prancing horse in their badge that you probably didn't notice before just now. "The name has its linguistic roots in the East", it claims.

Porsche, whose production cars always benefited from success on race tracks, is following that same pattern in pushing forward with electric-motor technology. In the case of the Taycan, then, we're supposed to think about how horse travel made a new age of exploration possible.

Giving a vehicle both electric and gas engines is like building an athlete that can sprint like a 100-meter champ and then pull away like a miler. Still, previous suggestions have indicated a starting price in the region of $80-90k. Today, it has announced that it's doubling that investment. There'll also be an outlay on ramping up production.

At Porsche HQ in Stuttgart this company is in the process of building a new paint shop and dedicated assembly area for the Taycan. It will have two highly capable electric motors, one powering the rear axle and the other the front axle.

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