The all-electric Porsche Mission E is now Porsche Taycan

Joanna Estrada
June 15, 2018

Formerly known by its project name Mission E, the 600hp Taycan will become Porsche's first all-electric auto when it goes into production next year. But anyone not actually at the "70 years of sports cars" ceremony in Stuttgart where the name was revealed may be wondering exactly how to pronounce it.

The name roughly translates to lively young horse, fitting, seeing as a prancing horse has featured in the company's emblem since 1952.

At the heart of the auto will be two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) which combined will deliver over 600hp, catapulting the Taycan to 62mph in under 3.5 seconds and 125mph in under twelve. It's maximum range is over 500 kilometers allowing to drive it from Abu Dhabi to Muscat on a single charge.

The name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger, with connotations of suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics.

Porsche has also pledged its commitment to an electric future, saying it will invest some six billion Euros into electrification by 2022, double its original planned budget.

The company also says the Taycan will create about 1,200 new jobs, with about €500 million (Dh2.16 billion) going into developing variants and derivatives of the auto.

A dedicated assembly area for the Taycan and a conveyor bridge for transporting the drive units to the final assembly area is now being constructed.

The existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drives and the body shop will also be developed.

Production of the Taycan is creating around 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen alone.

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