Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Porsche's electric supercar to be called the Taycan

Porsche's electric supercar to be called the Taycan

The news follows the release of the first official drive footage of the Taycan last month, which showed the electric sports vehicle being driven at pace by Mark Webber around the brand's Weissach test track. The vehicle will feature two permanently synchronous motors (PSM) that provides a total system output of over 600 PS (590 hp or 440 kW).

The name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger, with connotations of suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics.

Porsche plans to invest more than six billion Euros in electromobility by 2022, doubling the investment that the company had originally planned.

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Elsewhere, the sports auto maker has committed to a €6 billion (£5.3 billion) investment in electromobility - including the Taycan and future variants' development, electrification of its current cars, expanding production sites as well as charging infrastructure.

As you'd expect, these improvements will also involve the Porsche headquarters in Zuffenhausen, which will gain a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area for the Taycan and an expansion of the existing engine plant to manufacture electric drives as well as the body shop. This also includes the creation of hybrid and electric versions of existing products in the Porsche portfolio.

Blume also confirmed that Porsche plans for the Taycan to have Level 4 autonomous driving technology (self-driving in almost all situations, with driver attention not required), but denied that it would allow fully autonomous driving over longer distances.

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The Taycan will also lead to 1,200 new jobs being created at a new factory for the model in Zuffenhausen, Germany, alone.

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The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept is supposed to be just a concept, but it nearly certainly previews a limited production run as a swansong for the current 991 911. The brand's first EV will feature 800V charging technology that is meant to future-proof the vehicle for several years after it hits the market. Now Porsche has announced the release of a new Porsche Charging Service app that will help owners find charging stations faster.

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