Porsche Taycan: the electric revolution arrives
When the Germans start pumping out electric cars you know the EV game is real. Today, at a series of three events held simultaneously across three nations, Porsche has revealed its first all-electric car - the Taycan, writes Chris Bowen.
The fully electric Porsche car joins an indisputable revolution taking place that will eventually lead to the end of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE).
The Porsche Taycan will hit our shores in late 2020, in two models - the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo. The use of the term Turbo is purely for branding, as part of the company's plan to have the car feel familiar and fit into the already existing model lineup.
The Turbo S flagship model packs a mammoth 560kW of power and can catapult to 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds. The Taycan Turbo loses 60kW but still packs 500kW and rockets to motorway speeds in 3.2 seconds.
Straight line speed antics aside, it's also claimed to drive like a Porsche, meaning it will tackle corners with ease and brake like no other EV car. Both variants are all-wheel drive and herald the start of an electric transition for the brand.
Brand Ambassador Mark Webber said: "Porsche really believe this is the future, yes, by 2025 probably half of the cars will be fully electric.
"So, it's a big commitment from Porsche, spending a huge amount of money over five-billion Euros in this space."
When pressed about his thoughts on electric cars Webber added: "Before I drove racing cars, I was on the fence at best.
"I've driven some seriously impressive combustion engines in my life, but when I got the chance to sample the 919 - that car is half the car without the electric components."
Every new electric car provokes questions about range. The Turbo Taycan is good for 450 kilometres, while the Turbo S will travel 412km, unless you drive like Mark Webber.
Charging the car is potentially very quick, thanks to a world-first system voltage of 800 volts for a production car. Usually 400 volts has been the benchmark, this means you can top up the 94.4kWh battery much quicker.
Using European infrastructure as a benchmark, clawing back 100km of range in just over five minutes is possible. That would require the use of a rapid charging DC network. The Taycan can accommodate up to 270kW via such a charger.
Both models will launch in Australia in late 2020 with pricing to be announced closer to that date, but the Porsche Taycan Turbo is believed to have a sticker price in the vicinity of $300,000, while the more powerful Turbo S could reach a hefty $350,000.
A third model in the vicinity of $200,000 is likely to arrive at a later date.
What Porsche has done is create a true EV sports car with all the hallmarks of German engineering excellence. Build quality, performance and prestige.
By Chris Bowen, Senior Motoring Editor at EFTM.com
Chris Bowen travelled to Berlin for EFTM.com. A portion of the expenses for the trip were covered by Porsche Australia
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