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Porsche Taycan: Mission E's production name revealed, here in 2020

Porsche Taycan: Mission E's production name revealed, here in 2020

Taycan keeps true to Porsche's tradition of using names that people will mispronounce more than a few times before getting it right.

Personally, I'm not a fan of the Taycan name, but the vehicle's specs more than make up for what is arguably a clunky and uninspiring moniker. Porsche is saying the 2020 Taycan should do more than 310 miles on a single charge, albeit according to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) tests.

Porsche's 70th anniversary celebration continues as the company has used the event to announce the production version of the Mission E concept will be called the Taycan.

Taycan translates roughly to "lively young horse", referencing the leaping steed in the Porsche crest. Porsche has said that when the Taycan goes on sale, it'll recharge from empty to 80 percent in 20 minutes, which the company has already called "Turbo Charging". It'll go to 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds and to a top speed of 124 mph in less than twelve seconds. And with good reason, the Mission E's specs are truly remarkable and may ultimately sway some prospective Model S buyers to side with Porsche instead. It's also somewhat consistent with the company's usual naming conventions, which it describe as having "a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics"-though there's rarely consistency in what those characteristics actually are".

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"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. Porsche also says that it has "a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles". Porsche says that it won't happen here.

Porsche's original goal had been to spend three billion euro ($3.53bn) on electromobility by 2022.

Charging infrastructure and other "smart mobility" expenses will soak up around 700 million euro, Porsche expects.


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