Porsche christens first electric the Taycan

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Porsche has confirmed that the Mission E concept, in its production ready avatar, will be christened Taycan.

Make that gallop. The Taycan's pair of electric motors will output "over 600 hp" and launch the vehicle to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. "Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance", Porsche says. The expected range is more than 500 km on the somewhat generous NEDC test cycle. The good news is that the Taycan will also have a driving range around 300 miles, which will pit it directly against the Tesla Model S.

Known as the Mission E until today, Porsche said its upcoming battery electric sports auto will be called Taycan. The Model S can do its Ludicrous Mode party trick a few times before needing to cool down, but Porsche has said its Taycan will be able to maintain its performance both in sprints and for track days without issue.

With regard to the special exhibition and Mission E's important part in it, Porsche said in its recent announcement that "the special exhibition will be accompanied by interactive experiences", including an augmented reality (AR) application for the Mission E.

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Porsche Picks Taycan as Name for Its First Electric Vehicle

The Taycan has been dubbed the "Tesla-slayer" by some automotive journalists. But we're now one step closer to having a battery-electric Porsche on the road, which has at least one high-profile CEO likely sweating a bit more than before. Exactly when that'll translate to cars arriving on American roads hasn't been shared, though we'd expect a late 2019 debut for that.

Porsche's original goal had been to spend three billion euro ($3.53bn) on electromobility by 2022. Of that, €500 million of that will go to Taycan variants, with €1 billion toward electrification and hybrid versions of the existing range.

The all-wheel-drive Taycan use two electric motors - one on each axle - drawing their power from lithium ion batteries mounted in the floor.

The Porsche Taycan (codename: Porsche J1) is based on a dedicated electric vehicle platform.

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