Hello Porsche Taycan: Tesla-rivaling Mission E gets its launch name

Porsche 911 Mission E Rendering

Porsche 911 Mission E Rendering

The name, according to Porsche, is of "Eurasian" origin and can be roughly translated as "lively young horse". The four-door, four-seat Taycan's floor-mounted batteries point to an extremely low centre of gravity and handling to match more focused performance machines.

The Taycan will be the first of Porsche's electric models but the carmaker has big plans to go the electric way.

The Taycan is the start of a broader electrification strategy at Porsche. This will enable the auto to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in less than 12 seconds.

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Though Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine already took a crack at it, and a small cadre of the automotive press got to drive a prototype a few miles at low speed to tease the powertrain, the Mission E electric sport sedan continues to move at a tantalizingly slow pace toward reality. Porsche also says that it has "a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles". A crossover SUV version, called the Mission E Cross Turismo, was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. About $600 million is for developing Taycan variants, a billion more for adding EVs and hybrids to today's product range, several hundred million to expand production sites and around $800 million for new technologies, charging infrastructure, and smart mobility. But the Taycan's floor-mounted batteries should give it an extremely low centre of gravity to allow for hunkered-down handling that's comparable with more focused performance machines.

"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom", says Oliver Blume, chairman of Porsche AG's executive board, in an offhand swat at the Tesla Model S.

To boost that range quickly, the vehicle will have 800-volt charging technology. It's also expanding an existing engine plant to build electric drivelines. Range is equally important, and there Porsche has suggested that the Taycan will go over 300 miles on a full charge of its 90 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

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