Porsche sets a new benchmark for luxury EVs with Taycan
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2020 ACES Award Winner in Electrification
At the 2019 IAA, Porsche revealed its Taycan EV to the Frankfurt buying public after a high-profile launch the week before, simultaneously in North America, China, and Europe. The elaborate launch emphasizes the debut’s importance globally not only for Porsche but for parent VW Group. By 2022, Porsche will have invested more than €6 billion in “electromobility.” It could be 50% electric in five years. The Taycan represents the first serious challenge to Tesla’s Model S, launched eight years ago. The first Taycan variants are the Turbo and higher performing Turbo S, with less powerful variants of the all-wheel drive vehicles to follow. Top specs for the Turbo S model is 460 kW normally, but up to 560 kW in “over-boost,” with 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.6 s. Overall capacity of the Performance Battery Plus is 93.4 kW·h. For WLTP range, the Turbo leads with 381 to 450 km (237 to 280 mi). The less-generous EPA range estimate for North America is pending. Of the main competitive advantages, the Taycan is the first production EV with a system voltage of 800 V instead of the usual 400 V for electric cars, the primary benefit being charging time. According to the WLTP, up to 100 km (62 mi) can be had in just over 5 min using direct current from a high-power charging network. Going from 5% to 80% state-of-charge takes about 22.5 min under ideal conditions at a maximum/peak charging power of 270 kW. At up to 265 kW, the potential recuperation braking power is significantly higher than that of competitors. Finally, the rear drive module features a two-speed transmission, the first gear for greater acceleration from a standing start, the longer-ratio second gear for efficiency at very high speeds.
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