The first EV of the German brand was launched earlier today simultaneously on three continents. Here are 5 things you should know about the Porsche Taycan.
The world premiere opened near Berlin in a solar farm in Neuhardenberg followed by the Niagara Falls at the border between the United States and Canada to finish on Pingtan Island around 150 kilometres from the Chinese city of Fuzhou. These three locations were representing three form of renewable energy, solar power, hydropower and wind power respectively.
“The Taycan links our heritage to the future. It carries forward the success story of our brand – a brand that has fascinated and thrilled people the world over for more than 70 years,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “This day marks the start of a new era,” he added.
Shortly after the launch, the pricing for the 2020 Porsche Taycan were unveiled. Porsche’s first EV will come in two different models, the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. In Canada, the former will start at $173,900 while the latter will get a starting price of $213,900.
Like previously stated, the 2020 Taycan will be available in two different trims, Turbo and Turbo S. Both versions will have the same battery pack of 93.4 kWh capable of a range of around 381-450 km (WLTP). Further down the road, Porsche Canada confirmed the wagon variant of the all-electric vehicle, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, which should arrive in 2020.
Although both models have the same battery size the power output changes. The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo will get 460 kW or 620-horsepower from the get-go. The Turbo S has the same output too. What changes is the maximum torque and power with the “overboost” function. Indeed, the “overboost” function adds 40 kW on the Turbo for a total of 500 kW (or 670-horsepower), meanwhile the figure climbs to 100 more kW on the Turbo S to 560 kW (or 750-horsepower). As for the maximum torque at launch control, the Taycan Turbo is rated at 850 Nm (or 623 lb.-ft. of torque) and the Turbo S numbers are 1,050 Nm (or 774 lb.-ft. of torque).
The 2020 Taycan has a length of 4,963mm which is about 86mm shorter than the current gen Panamera. The wheelbase is also shorter by 50mm but the Taycan sits 49mm lower. Who says electric car says front trunk and the Taycan carries the tradition with an 82-litre frunk. In the rear, 400L of space is available. As for the weight, the Taycan tips the scale at 2,305 kg. That being said, the North American version will probably be heavier because of the standard glass roof.
Porsche developed an 800-volt charging system for their all-new all-electric Taycan. This system “ensures a high continuous power, reduces the charging time significantly and decreases the weight.” It means that the charging time from 5 to 80% will only be 22.5 minutes, in ideal conditions. The Porsche also features two charging ports. The one on the driver’s side is for at-home charging while on the passenger side, the charge port is for Level 3.
2020 Porsche Taycan Photo Gallery