Porsche Gives Taycan Name To Road-Going Mission E Concept

The Taycan will be Porsche's first fully electric auto.

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

Taycan's power train will production more than 600 horsepower that will allow the electric vehicle to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph on the track in less than 12 seconds, the company said.

Ever since unveiling the concept, Porsche has been saying that the production version, which is expected to launch in 2019, will remain fairly similar.

Previewed in our exclusive images, the Taycan will bear a close resemblance to the concept in shape and style, but the rear-hinged back doors and matrix LED headlamps will be adapted for production. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told us: "We will think of different options and there will be more than one, with different levels of power".

Though Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine already took a crack at it, and a small cadre of the automotive press got to drive a prototype a few miles at low speed to tease the powertrain, the Mission E electric sport sedan continues to move at a tantalizingly slow pace toward reality.

Porsche plans to double its investment in hybrid and electric vehicles to more than US$7 billion by 2022; it predicts battery-powered vehicles could make up one-quarter of its sales by 2025. The existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric motors, and a new body shop will also be developed.

To boost that range quickly, the auto will have 800-volt charging technology. 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.

Set to likely be unveiled later in 2018-possibly at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show-the Taycan will square off with the Tesla Model S, though it will also face competition in the form of Jaguar's I-Pace and even its crosstown cousin, the Audi e-tron, when it arrives in the U.S. This setup will allow the Taycan to be charged to 80 percent capacity in just 15 minutes, changing the way electric cars charge in the future.

  • Eleanor Harrison