Porsche to name all-electric model Taycan

Porsche to name all-electric model Taycan

Porsche has been using Mission E to describe its first battery-electric vehicle since the concept came out, but that won't be the name when it comes to production.

The announcement of the baptism was made by Porsche on Friday during a " 70 years of Porsche Sports Cars" ceremony. A crossover SUV version, called the Mission E Cross Turismo, was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. In preparation, the vehicle previously operating under the working title "Mission E" has now been given its official name: Taycan.

An employee of German auto manufacturer Porsche displays a badge depicting a Porsche logo at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, January 26, 2018.

Ever since unveiling the concept, Porsche has been saying that the production version, which is expected to launch in 2019, will remain fairly similar.

The range-topping Taycan will reportedly have over 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) from its electric motors and will be able to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than 3.5 seconds. The automaker says that the names translates as "lively young horse", which is a reference to the prancing horse in their badge that you probably didn't notice before just now.

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At Porsche HQ in Stuttgart this company is in the process of building a new paint shop and dedicated assembly area for the Taycan. Porsche Chair Oliver Blume called it "strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom".

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

Porsche's original goal had been to spend three billion euro ($3.53bn) on electromobility by 2022. Porsche also says that it has "a continuous power level that is unprecedented among electric vehicles".

At the Zuffenhausen HQ, Porsche has a new paint show and dedicated paint shop for the new vehicle.

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