Porsche renames Mission E to 'Taycan'

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Porsche is doubling down on electric cars, saying it will pour over €6 billion (about $7.1 million) into electromobility by 2022.

Like a horse, Porsche says the Taycan will be strong, dependable, and able to cover long distances. And that's not a bad thing.

Porsche's got a history with names that are a bit, shall we say, different.


Porsche's Mission E concept had envisaged a stylish sedan that would match all other Porsches in performance and its electric powertrain will run for over 300 miles at least in a single charge. The central location of the batteries and twin-motor set-up will also give the car's technical architecture a better front-rear weight balance than combustion-engined cars. Raw acceleration and speed are certainly impressive metrics, but overall range is a much more important metric when we're talking about electric cars. Up until now, the Model S has been without any direct competition since its debut in 2012, although that is changing.

That means you might want to anticipate the arrival of a (partially) electrified 911. Full-electric and hybrid-electric cars will account for 25 percent of sales by 2025, the automaker said. Will that matter behind the wheel when you mat the gas coming out of a turn? Two hundred kilometres per hour such auto will reach in 12 seconds. Porsche is presenting the vehicle as the "the future of the sports auto". And romp on the throttle and your back presses into the seats as the vehicle quietly - accompanied by a symphony of suspension rumbles - eases into traffic like the raking land yacht that it is. It allows to study the internal structure of the concept of E Mission, and to build a virtual copy of the electric vehicle into the surrounding space. Think almost two tons' worth of Porsche machinery.

That's all for the future. Previously known as the Mission E, it will henceforth be called the Taycan.


Porsche Chairman Oliver Blume made the announcement during the "70 years of Porsche Sports Cars" ceremony celebrating the company's heritage.

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