This week, Porsche confirmed a few specs of its upcoming Tesla fighter, the artist formerly known as the Mission E. The 2020 Taycan is slated to go on sale next year aiming squarely for the Model S and anything else in its price and size category, whether all-electric or all-gasoline.
We now know that the Taycan will pack plenty of horsepower — more than 600 hp according to Porsche — with two permanently synchronous motors putting that power down through all four wheels. When it comes to range, the Taycan will aim for 310 miles, or 500 kilometers, in the European cycle. When its lithium-ion batteries will be ready for more juice, the Taycan will be able to take advantage of its fast-charging capability to soak up enough energy in 15 minutes to cover 248 miles, or 400 kilometers.
"With conductive charging, or charging with a cable, a distinction is made between alternating current (AC) charging with a conventional 400-volt plug connection, with charging capacities of up to 22 kW, and direct current (DC) charging, with charging capacities of up to 350 kW," Porsche said. "AC charging is normally used at home or at the workplace, while DC charging is used for fast charging on the go. For AC charging, a permanently installed wall box or a suitable charging cable is required as the connection between the power socket and the vehicle. At public AC charging stations, a special cable with a CCS connector suffices."
Focused as much on an engaging driving experience as on maximizing range, the Taycan will be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and pass 124 mph in less than 12 seconds.
Porsche is currently testing prototypes of the Taycan in extreme climates, with a team of around 40 specialists having assembled "three figures" worth of prototypes.
"One station: the western part of South Africa. More than sixty Porsche developers were on hand with 21 camouflaged prototypes — with daily high temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius proving a challenge for the team and the machine in equal measure," Porsche said. "All in all, some 40,000 kilometers were banked on the trip. By the time the Taycan hits the market in late 2019, the total will run into the millions of kilometers. The first electric sports car from Porsche, after all, should run like clockwork in even the toughest conditions."
Curiously, Porsche is also making no secret of just how many Taycans it plans to produce and sell each year: The automaker says that according to current estimates, it projects 20,000 cars per year, which it notes represents about two-thirds of 911 production. Given the Taycan's expected positioning and the appetite of the market, this is still a conservative figure — this represents total estimated production for all world markets. The U.S., China and Western Europe are expected to account for a big chunk of these 20,000 estimated units, but that's still not quite the instant electric revolution that some EV manufacturers had in mind.
Still, Porsche foresees that everyone in North America who will want one will be able to buy one without "reservations" or delivery windows that can get pushed back; the only bit of info missing at the moment is price.
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