Porsche is out with a new car. Not an ordinary car but an EV. Porsche presented its first fully-electric sports car to the world a week ago. We all know Elon Musk`s Tesla success but Porsche is the real big electical pioneer where the electric powertrain is embedded deep in the Porsche DNA.
Ferdinand Porsche, later the founder of the company of the same name, was fascinated by electicity even as a teenager. As early as 1893, the 18-year-old installed an elctric lighting system in his parents house. Over 100 years later, Porsche is out with the brand new Porsche Taycan.
«The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It comes forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated an thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years,» said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.
Porsche has announced the name of its first full-electric sports car during the official celebration of the anniversary «70 years Porsche sports car» – Taycan. The name translates as «living young horse», referring the center of the Porsche crest.
«Our new electric sports car is athletic and performance-oriented; a car that is capable of longer distances, and represents freedom», explains Oliver Blume. Here comes the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche, he said.
The first models in the new series are the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo. They are at the cutting edge of Porsche E-Performance and are among the most powerful production models that the sports car manufacturer currently has in its product range.
The Taycan Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2,8 seconds and has a range of up to 450 kilometres. The top speed is 260 km/h. The Taycan is also the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of usual 400 volts for electric cars.
This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road; in just over five minutes, the battery can be recharged using direct current (DC) from the high-power chargin network for a range of up to 100 kilometres.
By 2020, Porsche will have invested more than 6 Billion euros in elctromobility. In other words; there are more to come.
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