Smart, lean, and green,
The first fully electric Porsche has been revealed. The Porsche Taycan is here! What was once just a concept is now a reality, and it’s stunning. The first models in the series will be the Taycan Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo. This four-door powerhouse is competing directly with non-other than the Tesla Model S in the sports sedan electric vehicle market. The EV space has long been ruled by the California manufacturer and now with the Porsche Taycan launch, the options are expanding, and that’s good news for everyone, whether you’re an EV enthusiast or not.
By Shervin Shirvani
The performance is green
Estimated to have 420km of pure electric range on a single charge, the Turbo S can generate 560kW (750 HP) and the Turbo can generate 500hW (670 HP). Both models have an electric motor at the front and rear of the vehicle. The Turbo S can accelerate zero to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds, and both models have a top speed of 260km/h. The Porsche Taycan is equipped with a battery capacity of 93.4kWh and has a maximum charging power of 270kW. That’s fast, and a huge advantage over other EVs in its class. Rather than the typical system voltage of 400 volts, the Taycan has a whopping 800 volts, making the charging experience much faster. Under ideal conditions (no heat or AC on) the car is projected to charge from five percent to 80 percent in just over 20 minutes.
The exterior is lean
Derived from the Mission-E, the Taycan is the launch of a new Porsche in an electric era. Sleek and highly sculpted, the sporty body is glued to the ground promising a gripping drive. Horizontal lines in the rear emphasize the brand’s iconic style while adding novelty elements with the glass-effect Porsche logo incorporated in the light bar.
The interior is smart
Controlled with minimum buttons, the design integrates touch screens throughout the front cabin. A 10.9-inch infotainment display connects to an integrated glass band to create a passenger display. For the first time, Porsche is offering a completely leather-free interior and instead using entirely recycled materials to reinforce the sustainable concept of their first electric sports car.
Although branded as “Turbo,” the Porsche Taycan is not actually Turbocharged. The term is simply to represent that the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S are in the “top tier” of the Taycan family and considering their performance, they deserve the title.
“The future is electric, whether you want it or not,” says Klaus Zellmer, head of Porsche North America. Zellmer also states that, “By 2025, more than 50% of all Porsche vehicles sold worldwide will have a plug,” emphasizing again how serious Porsche is about electric mobility. By 2020, Porsche will have invested over 6 billion euros in new battery technology, advanced manufacturing and developing a charging network.
In a new initiative with Electrify America/Canada, Porsche, and their sister company Volkswagen and Audi, will be offering their new electric vehicle owners a trusty charging network on the road.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S and Porsche Taycan Turbo are now available to order in Canada. Prices start at $213,900 and $173, 900. We look forward to test-driving the Porsche Taycan!