The New Electric Porsche Has a Name: Taycan

Anna Jefferson
June 11, 2018

Now, as we get closer to the launch of the production version of the electric sports auto next year, Porsche is ready to let us get used to the car's actual name.

At the special exhibition being held at the Porsche Museum, the Mission E concept vehicle is a significant part of the show. Loathe it? Let us know what you think of the Taycan name in the comments section below. Pronounced "tie-kahn", Porsche says the name roughly translates as "lively young horse", as in the one on Porsche's crest, a crest that's remained unchanged since 1952. So now you know.

A screengrab from the Porsche Taycan name announcement video.

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The four-seater electric sports vehicle due to roll off production lines in 2019 has so far been known as Mission E. Horses can travel long distances, are strong and dependable and ones found in the wild are as free as can be.

Porsche makes different versions of all its cars, ranging from from fast to extremely fast, and it's expected to do the same with the Taycan.

Overall, the name fits in Porsche naming nomenclator.

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Porsche's Mission E concept had envisaged a stylish sedan that would match all other Porsches in performance and its electric powertrain will run for over 300 miles at least in a single charge. They're generally accepted as being more optimistic than the US's EPA tests, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the Taycan fall somewhere in the high-200s when those results are available. The model is said to reach 60 miles per hour in well under 3.5 seconds. At present, Porsche can comfortably steer anyone still unconvinced about the German automaker's ability to retain its race-won DNA in a new generation of all-electric cars towards the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and say: Try me.

Porsche said it's planning to spend €6 billion on electromobility by 2022.

Zellmer adds that "over the next 10 years our strategy will reflect a mixture of models using internal combustion, plug-in and fully electric powertrains".

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Interest in the Taycan has already been huge, Porsche says, though sales aren't expected to kick off in the United States for some time yet.

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