The Porsche Taycan has been making headlines since its debut as a concept in 2015. Being one of the most anticipated vehicles of this upcoming electric car market and the first to go directly head-to-head against Tesla will certainly do that.
This acclaimed Tesla Killer is now scheduled to be unveiled in September with deliveries still on track to begin soon after. Porsche has not shared much when it comes in terms of specs but we do know the basics.
|Range:||310 miles (WLTP)|
|Charging Capacity:||350 kW|
In reference to a journalist stating that a Tesla has a faster 0-60 time, Stefan Weckbach, Head of Battery-Electric Vehicles at Porsche said this:
“But only twice – the third attempt will fail. The system is throttled. Porsche drivers won’t need to worry about anything like that happening. The Mission E will offer reproducible performance and a top speed which can be maintained for long periods. And that’s not all. The longitudinal and lateral dynamics of the Mission E will be typical of a Porsche and represent a real treat for any driver.”
The Porsche Taycan will come with three different battery options and three different performance levels with a base price of just $75,000. This is very similar to Tesla’s system and we expect it to be standard in this new electric vehicle space. The Taycan’s speed and power is impressive and will hold up well through duration. Porsche actually wants it to maintain its power throughout high speeds and not drastically affect range or overheat while doing so.
This upcoming electric car will come equipped with 350 kW charging capabilities. With just a standard CCS plug, you should be able to refuel an 80% charge in just 15 minutes. This could make it the fastest charging car on launch. For reference, a Tesla Model S currently takes around 45 minutes at 120 kW to achieve an 80% charge. With Tesla’s new Supercharger V3, the Tesla Model 3 can now charge 75 miles in just 5 minutes which is still slower than the claims made by the Porsche Taycan.
Porsche is looking to install 800-volt charging systems spread across the globe and their dealer network. These chargers will be pay-per-use and will be able to be used by non-Porsche owners provided they have a CCS adapter. While everyone is looking to improve charging, no car today can handle a 350 kW charge apart from the Porsche Taycan.
Porsche is expecting an annual output of 40.000 vehicles for the Taycan. In comparison, the Tesla Model S sold slightly over 50,000 last year. That have stated to have already received over 20,000 deposits and already be sold out for this year.
So disappointing that most all of the beautiful lines of the 2014/15 Mission E will be lost on Taycan that Porsche brings to market.
Just my opinion but….opportunity lost, Porsche.
Porsche has stressed that the version on the road today is not the final one so I’m still holding out hope. They sold me on the concept but if it continues to look like a Panamera I might just stick with Tesla.