The Taycan will produce over 600 hp from two permanently excited synchronous electric motors. This will enable the electric four-door to sprint from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in under 3.5s and from 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in under 12s. The automaker says “a Porsche with electric drive technology is naturally track-ready,” as well, thanks to the PSM motors’ ability to stay cool under heavy load.
As for the battery pack, it will contain roughly four hundred cells, each with a current of about 4 volts – equating to an 800-volt system. The battery pack’s 270 watt-hours per kilogram rating is on par with some of the densest lithium-ion battery packs on sale today, helping to provide an estimated driving range of about 310 miles. When the battery has depleted, it will take 15 minutes to charge back up to 248 miles (400 km) of range using Porsche’s 800v fast-charger. The vehicle will also be compatible with 400v chargers, although they won’t charge the vehicle at the same rate as an 800v charger.
The automaker also addressed the issue of charging infrastructure in the Taycan’s development. “It’ll take years to build a comprehensive charging network for electric vehicles,” the automaker said in a release, adding that it’s “rolling up its sleeves,” to help expand the EV charging grid. The automaker is installing 800V fast charging stations at its dealerships and other places Taycan owners may frequent, such as golf courses. Porsche has also partnered with Daimler, Ford, VW and BMW on the Ionity charging network, which will see 350 kW charge points installed every 100-150 km (62-93 miles) along European roadways. Owners will be able to charge their Taycan at home as well using a socket or an inductive charging pad.
The Porsche Taycan will enter production at the automaker’s Zuffenhausen facility, where it hopes to build around 20,000 examples of the electric four-door per year. Some customers have already placed a pre-order for the vehicle, with Porsche saying the initial reaction from customers has been “fantastic.” The production-ready Taycan will likely debut late this year or in early 2019, so stay tuned for more details as they become available.
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