The recently unveiled Porsche Taycan did its first North American road trip when it drove from Niagara Falls to New York City.
Right after its launch last week, Porsche took a 2020 Taycan and drove it from Niagara Falls to New York City. The 656 kilometers drive was done with only one charging stop.
The road trip was done in a Taycan Turbo, which has 93.4 kWh battery, has a range of around 381-450 km (WLTP). According to Porsche, the first (and only stop) was made after 402 km at an Electrify America charging station in Bloomsburg, PA and the Taycan still had 62 km left on its range. The battery went up from 14 to 85 percent in 24 minutes.
In New York City, Stefan Weckbach, Vice President Product Line, Taycan, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Taycan take to the road in its final form for the first time, and to demonstrate its ability to cover big miles in complete comfort. Of course, many owners will use their Taycan the way a Porsche is designed to be used – to be driven hard. The car is more than up to this challenge. At the moment, this is the one and only Taycan undisguised and on the road in the US. I can’t wait for it to reach customer’s hands and for many more to hit the roads around the world.”
Meanwhile, in Germany, the start of production is underway at the Zuffenhausen factory, as it was scheduled to start on September 9th. After 48 months of construction, the plant is finally ready for Porsche’s first all-electric sports car.
The new production facility features a body shop, a paint shop, a plant for the production of electric motors and components, a vehicle assembly hall and the connecting transport technology. Porsche said earlier this summer that they will be able to build 20,000 to 40,000 units annually depending on the demand.
“The new plant reflects the brand’s tradition and sends out a clear signal about the future of Porsche,” says Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG. “It was a deliberate decision to build the Taycan in Zuffenhausen – the home of the brand’s heart and soul.”
The Taycan should hit North American dealerships in December. In Canada, pricing for the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo will start at $173,900 and $213,900 for the Turbo S model.