Fans shows interest to buy Porsche’s first electric car

Fans shows interest to buy Porsche’s first electric car

Monitoring Desk

BERLIN: German carmaker hopes US$75,000 car, which begins production in 2019 and can travel more than 300 miles on one charge, will rival Tesla’s Model S

Porsche fans are already signing up to order the carmaker’s first fully electric vehicle, the Taycan, Autocar reports.

The British weekly car magazine said the German company, which is part of Volkswagen Group, is starting to receive “expressions of interest” from potential customers this month.

Porsche did not immediately respond to a request for comment about how many customers had expressed interest in the Taycan.

Porsche says the fully electric Taycan can be 80 per cent charged in 20 minutes, which will allow it to travel up to 250 miles.

Porsche says the fully electric Taycan can be 80 per cent charged in 20 minutes, which will allow it to travel up to 250 miles.

The company will start production of the vehicle, previously known as the Mission E, in 2019.

The Taycan, which is likely to cost about US$75,000, will have a range of more than 300 miles (483km). It will be able to produce more than 600 horsepower and accelerate from 0 to 60mph (96.5km/h) in less than 3.5 seconds.

 

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Between its two premium trims, the Model S has a maximum range of 335 miles and can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2.5 seconds.

In February, Stefan Weckbach, Porsche’s head of electric vehicles, said the Taycan would be able to sustain its performance better than the Model S.

“[The Taycan] will offer reproducible performance and a top speed which can be maintained for long periods”, he said.

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Weckbach hinted that the car would feature driver-assistance features, such as the ability to autonomously park or stop and start in traffic.

The vehicle is expected to have other hi-tech features, such as a digital instrument panel that mirrors the driver’s movements and a dashboard that drivers can control with gestures through a holographic display.

Porsche plans to invest more than US$7 billion in electric vehicles and related technology by 2022. More than US$580 million will be allocated to the production of the Taycan and other vehicles based on it, including a crossover previously known as the Mission E Cross Turismo.

Porsche has been gaining traction in the shift to electric cars.

It reported earlier that 60 per cent of buyers of its revamped Panamera four-door coupe had opted for the partly battery-powered version from June through to October last year.

By the end of 2019, Porsche plans to install at least 500 fast-chargers across the United States, which will rival Tesla’s Supercharger network, which consists of more than 10,000 chargers worldwide. Porsche’s 800-volt chargers will be able to give the Taycan an 80 per cent charge in 20 minutes, which will allow it to travel up to 250 miles.

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