Since the release of the first model in EV series, the Porsche Mission E and its performance-focused sibling, Porsche’s lineup of electrified vehicles has continued to expand. But even with a growing number of cars in their lineup, there is still excitement surrounding Porsche’s next EV. After all, the automaker is known for creating some of the best performance cars on the market. Could this be Porsche’s chance to fully nail their electric car strategy? If so, what will it look like? What new features could it offer? We’ve gathered as much info as possible about this upcoming EV to get you as excited as we are! Read on for more information…
The Latest News on Porsche’s Next EV
Back in November of 2016, we reported that Porsche has begun work on their next-gen EV. The next EV from Porsche will reportedly be a purely electric vehicle. This information was confirmed by a Porsche executive. Now, in mid-June of 2018, Porsche has begun to tease us about the next EV. The automaker released a new video that shows off a sleek, environmentally friendly car that looks very much like the Mission E. The new EV has been dubbed the Taycan, which is Porsche’s new name for its next EV. The new Taycan EV looks much more like a conventional car than the Mission E. It features a sleek, modern design that pays tribute to Porsche’s heritage. From what we’ve seen, it seems Porsche will be sticking with their signature design. The Taycan is a four-door sedan that looks very similar to the Audi A8. Porsche does not currently offer a four-door model, so you may be thinking that the Taycan is just an S-Class EV with a body kit. While it does borrow some styling cues from the S-Class, that is not the case here. While the Taycan’s design looks very similar to the A8, it is not an A8 competitor. Instead, it looks like a luxury option that Porsche will offer to owners looking to replace their mid-sized sedans with a fully electric car.
What Will the Next Porsche EVs Be Called?
With Porsche’s new EV being called the Taycan, it isn’t a huge surprise to learn that its siblings will be called the Mission E and the Mission E-Turbo. However, it would have been nice to get confirmation of the names sooner. Now, it is clear that Porsche will continue to use the EV nomenclature for its upcoming models. As mentioned above, Porsche’s next EV will be called the Taycan. However, the EV will not be the only thing that Porsche calls Taycan. The automaker will also use the name for their upcoming SUVs. In fact, Porsche already announced the Taycan’s SUV sibling – the Taycan SUV. Unfortunately, the two cars will only share a name until Porsche can officially launch the new SUVs. Porsche is expected to officially launch the Mission E and the Mission E-Turbo in 2019. After all, Porsche did not need to start creating these new cars until the battery technology was ready. And, with 2020 being an election year in Germany, Porsche needs to launch its new EVs before then. If the automaker launches the Mission E and the Mission E-Turbo in 2019, it may launch the Taycan in 2020. Porsche is expected to release the first teaser image of the Taycan around that time.
Porsche Taycan Specs and Features
Along with the new name and design, Porsche is also updating the specs for its next EV. The Taycan will offer over 600 horsepower and a 0-to-100-mph time of just 2.5 seconds. As you would expect from any Porsche, the Taycan will also offer amazing handling and braking performance on top of its impeccable ride quality. With regards to range, the Taycan is expected to offer a range of at least 500 miles per charge. The automaker is reportedly using a new type of battery that will allow it to offer longer ranges. Along with that extended range, the Taycan is expected to have super fast charging capabilities as well. As for the design of the Taycan, Porsche is sticking with a sleek, modern design that looks very similar to the Taycan EV. The car will likely feature a panoramic roof and an autonomous driving system that uses computer vision to create the world’s first autonomous driving SUVs.
The Bottom Line
Up until this point in time, Porsche has done an amazing job with its EV strategy. The automaker has steadily released new EV models and is expected to release its next EV in the near future. With this strategy, Porsche has been able to remain one of the top luxury automakers in the world. With the Taycan, Porsche has revealed that it has plans to release its first fully autonomous car. The Taycan will be one of the first fully autonomous cars to hit the market. The Taycan will debut the new technology that allows for fully autonomous driving. Porsche has also said that it plans to release the Taycan before 2025. So, by 2020, we could see the Taycan on the road.