Porsche's Electric Mission E Becomes the Taycan


Porsche has been using Mission E to describe its first battery-electric vehicle since the concept came out, but that won't be the name when it comes to production.

At the special exhibition being held at the Porsche Museum, the Mission E concept vehicle is a significant part of the show.

We'll have more, including a first drive of the Taycan, as soon as we get it.

Taycan, roughly translated as "lively young horse", references the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which features a leaping horse. So now you know.

Porsche is pursuing a three-pronged approach coinciding with the looming technology shift by introducing fully electric cars like the Taycan, developed under the project code name Mission E; plug-in hybrids; and combustion-engine vehicles that root back to the first 356.

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Hardware announcements are expected to be few and far between, with iPhone SE 2 expected to hog the limelight among the hardware. It didn't catch on, and Apple has scaled back its advertising ambitions since then to focus on ads in its App Store.

Taycan's electric powertrain using two motors will make 600 horsepower, propelling the auto to 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds and up to 124 mph on the track in less than 12 seconds, the company said. This will enable 0-100km/h acceleration in "well under 3.5 seconds", Porsche says, with 0-200km/h coming up in under 12 seconds. In that regard, the Taycan truly delivers as it will boast a range of 310 miles on a single charge.

In addition to the new name, Porsche doubled down its investment in electrification Friday. This performance is in addition to a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles: Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance, and the vehicle's maximum range is over 500 km in accordance with the NEDC. Tesla now has stores where its cars and solar products are sold, and soon will add fix centers, but they do not present themselves as traditional dealerships.

The Taycan will compete against Tesla's Model S sedan. It will have two highly capable electric motors, one powering the rear axle and the other the front axle.

Mission E was a good name, but Porsche's all-electric vehicle has shed its concept title and embraced something more in-keeping with the rest of the automaker's line-up.