Porsche reveals series name for electric auto: Taycan

Jermaine Castillo
June 11, 2018

The 2020 Porsche Taycan (pronounced "tie-con") takes its name from the horse on the Porsche crest, according to the automaker, which itself was taken from the Stuttgart coat of arms. It translates as "lively young horse" and is a reference to the horse that's been rearing up on its hind legs on the Porsche badge since 1952.

Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

As we previously reported, Porsche's first electric vehicle will feature two motors contributing to a system output of more than 600 horsepower.

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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. "Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance", Porsche says. Now, the series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin next year. The expected range is more than 500 km on the somewhat generous NEDC test cycle.

Porsche's 70th anniversary celebration continues as the company has used the event to announce the production version of the Mission E concept will be called the Taycan. And with good reason, the Mission E's specs are truly remarkable and may ultimately sway some prospective Model S buyers to side with Porsche instead.

The Taycan has been dubbed the "Tesla-slayer" by some automotive journalists.

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Previously, Taycan had a different name, Mission E. the auto will have a range of over 300 miles. Still, previous suggestions have indicated a starting price in the region of $80-90k. Porsche both needs electrification to comply with tougher emissions rules and is embracing the technology because it allows for sporty driving that dovetails with the brand, he said. Today, it has announced that it's doubling that investment.

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

New electric vehicle startups including SF Motors, Lucid Motors, Fisker and others are planning to release their own luxury electric models.

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