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Porsche Debuts its First Fully-Electric Sports Car

5 September 2019

By Scott Campbell

Porsche has unveiled its first fully-electric sports car with a spectacular world premiere for the new Taycan held simultaneously on three continents.

The four-door sports saloon offers a unique combination of attributes in the tradition of the Stuttgart company, providing typical Porsche performance and connectivity with everyday usability. At the same time, highly advanced methods in production and as well as the features of the Taycan itself are setting new standards in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation.

The first models in the new series are the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S.

They are at the cutting edge of Porsche E-Performance, and are among the most powerful production models that the sports car manufacturer currently has in its product range. A less powerful version of these all-wheel drive vehicles will follow later this year, and the Taycan Cross Turismo will introduce a new body style at the end of next year. By 2022, Porsche will have invested more than six billion euros in electromobility.

The flagship Turbo S version of the Taycan can generate up to 560 kW (761 PS) overboost power in combination with Launch Control, and the Taycan Turbo up to 500 kW (680 PS). The Taycan Turbo S accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo completes this sprint in 3.2 seconds. The Turbo S has a range of up to 257 miles, and the Turbo a range of up to 279 miles (according to WLTP in each case). The top speed of both all-wheel-drive models is 161 mph.

The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars.

This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: in just over five minutes, the battery can be recharged using direct current (DC) from the high-power charging network for a range of up to 62 miles (according to WLTP). The charging time for five to 80 per cent SoC (state of charge) is 22.5 minutes under ideal conditions, and the maximum charging power (peak) is 270 kW. The overall capacity (gross) of the Performance Battery Plus is 93.4 kWh. Taycan drivers can comfortably charge their cars with up to 11 kW of alternating current (AC) at home or at public charging stations.

Additionally included will be 3 years’ access to IONITY and the Porsche Charging Service which will allow roaming access to a network of different charge point operators. Electrical consumption will then be billed via a consolidated invoice to the owner’s My Porsche account.

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