Porsche's Electric Mission E Becomes the Taycan

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The name was confirmed today, at the official opening of the "70 Years Porsche Sportscar" special exhibition at the Porsche Museum in the Zuffenhausen district of Stuttgart, Germany.

"We are going to take the next big step next year", when Taycan deliveries will begin, Blume said at the Porsche museum near the company's headquarters in Stuttgart, where the brand celebrated the 70th anniversary of its first-ever sports vehicle, the 356 model.

It's worth noting that the Taycan name only applies to the Mission E sedan and not its Cross Turismo SUV-ish variant.

The name, according to Porsche, is of "Eurasian" origin and can be roughly translated as "lively young horse". Unlike a horse, the auto won't run on hay. (It's a reference to the company's logo, with includes a leaping steed at its center.) "Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom", said Porsche chairman Oliver Blume in a statement. But it will run on electricity. The vehicle is expected to launch from zero to 62 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds and up to 124 miles per hour in under 12 seconds. Automakers are spending billions as they face a period of unprecedented change - stricter environmental regulations are forcing them to offer more battery-powered vehicles even as combustion-engine cars still generate the vast majority of profits. Porsche says that it won't happen here.

The Taycan will have a great advantage with its 800-volt, 350-kw charging system.

Porsche said it's planning to spend €6 billion on electromobility by 2022.

At the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area for the Taycan, and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area all are now being built.

Power for the Taycan will come from two electric motors that will generate more than 600 horsepower and likely provide all-wheel drive. The brand's first EV will feature 800V charging technology that is meant to future-proof the vehicle for several years after it hits the market.

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