Volkswagen has confirmed the arrival of its first fully-electric car Taycan in September. After spy shots of the car and early insights about its powertrain made headlines in the past couple of months, the car is set for an official launch at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show.
The Mission E concept on which the Taycan is based was also showcased at the Frankfurt Auto Show four years ago. While the Taycan with its 660hp and 482km range does sound impressive, we expect additional variants to feature less potent features that will match the likes of Porsche’s typical base S and Turbo model hierarchy.
Porsche has doubled Taycan's production to keep up with its demand.
Earlier reports suggested that the Taycan is expected to be priced similar to the Panamera suggesting a bracket of $87,000 and $200,000. Porsche will also feature a new 800-volt charging system that can charge the Taycan to 80 per cent in about 15 minutes. So far, Porsche has received some 20,000 orders for the Taycan which adds up to what the company had planned for the first year. Ahead of this, the German manufacturer decided to double production to 40,000 units annually to meet the rising demand.
The company aims to fully electrify 50 per cent of its lineup by 2025 and is already testing a Taycan Cross Turismo soft-roader alongside the Taycan sedan. In addition to this, Porsche also confirmed that its next-generation Macan will be a fully electric car.
Volkswagen also announced that the next-generation Macan will be fully electric.
Porsche decided to manufacture the next-gen Macan at its Leipzig production facility in July 2018. Investing in electromobility at this facility creates the opportunity for Porsche to make fully electric cars on the existing production line in future. The next-gen Porsche Macan will feature 800-volt technology, employing the firm’s PPE architecture (Premium Platform Electric). PPE is jointly developed with Audi.