The Porsche Taycan All-Electric Car

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Overview: The Four-Seat Pure Electric Car Is Instantly Recognisable As Porsche For Both Looks And Performance 


Porsche Taycan, is the first all-electric car from the famed German luxury sports car manufacturer, Porsche.  Stuttgart based Porsche, owned by the Volkswagen Group, has already made significant investments to achieve its electrification ambitions. 

  • The Porsche Taycan battery electric vehicle (BEV) was initially previewed as the Mission E concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015. Taycan (Turkish) translates as ‘lively young horse’ in reference to the ‘leaping horse’ in the Porsche crest. Porsche confirmed the name in 2017
  • Though the zero-emission prototype Taycan did make an appearance at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed (2019), the Taycan production model will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September 2019 
  • Range under the old NEDC regime is expected to be over 310 miles. However, under the stricter WLTP standards it will be lower. Expect the WLTP range to be closer to 280 miles on a full charge 
  • The automotive manufacturer claims that with the Porsche Taycan 800V Charging System, the battery can be charged up to 80% in 15 minutes 
  • The Taycan has taken inspiration from both the Porsche Panamera and the Porsche 911.  The Taycan is built on an entirely new platform codenamed J1. Projected production of 40,000 units per year
  • Expected to be priced between £70,000 to £135,000.  At least two variants are expected.  The Turbo and the Turbo S.  However, this has yet to be confirmed by Porsche 
  • Pre-order deposits received from 20,000 customers (deposit approximately EUR 1,000). Deliveries expected to commence early 2020
Porsche Taycan electric car
Porsche Taycan All-Electric Car (credit: Porsche)

Battery And Range 


  • Battery capacity: 90 kWh (potentially higher.  Manufacturer has yet to disclose)
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (NEDC): 310 miles or higher  
  • Capable of rapid charging 

Power & Performance


  • 0-62 mph: sub 3 seconds  (yet to be confirmed by manufacturer)
  • Top speed: 155 miles (yet to be confirmed by manufacturer)
  • Brake horsepower: 600  bhp (yet to be confirmed by manufacturer)
  • Torque: 750 lb ft

Reviews 


Comprehensive reviews yet to be published, as reviewers have not been able to conduct a full driving test. However, a shorter test has been conducted on the Porsche Taycan prototype. 


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The electric vehicle industry is evolving so rapidly, that it is challenging to keep up with all the new pure electric models being unveiled.  Certainly, the EV industry has come a long way from the early Nissan models in terms of performance.  The Porsche Taycan certainly demonstrates the fundamental commitment of some of the leading luxury automotive manufacturers to a zero-emission road transportation future.  We look forward to receiving more details of the production version Porsche Taycan.  Simply cannot wait! 


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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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