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Porsche Takes On Tesla With Its Stunning, First-Ever All-Electric Automobile
By Yoon Sann Wong, 19 Jul 2018
Elon Musk’s Tesla, known for its electric cars, solar panels, and all-round clean energy, is up for competition from Germany’s famous prancing stallion, Porsche.
The brand has announced enthusiasm from fans over its first-ever, all-electric automobile dubbed ‘Taycan’—formerly known as the ‘Mission E’—that will go head-to-head with Tesla’s all-electric ‘Model S’ sedan.
Production for Porsche’s white in shining armor will begin in 2019 and is expected to hit roads by 2020. According to UK managing director Alexander Pollich, ‘Taycan’ has already piqued interest from customers.
Though no numbers were revealed in his interview with Autocar, Pollich elaborated on the good news, saying that customers have expressed excitement through its growing waiting list, with keen individuals asking Porsche dealers for more information.
Pollich further recognized the significance of rival Tesla in the clean energy automobile market, and spoke well of the brand for not only being the forerunner in this field, but also setting the bar high for rivals—with Porsche eager to meet the challenge.
The ‘Taycan’ electric sports car has been designed to cover long distances spanning more than 500km. With over 600 horsepower, the car can accelerate to 100km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and rejuices to attain 100km of range with every four-minute charge.
The car’s battery, based on the most recent lithium-ion technology, is housed in the automobile’s underbody. It runs the entire length between the front and rear axels for optimal weight distribution and balance. This makes the sports car’s center of gravity extremely low to enhance its performance.
A holographic display could also be included in its dashboard that gives the driver and front passenger access to apps for “touch-free control primary functions such as media, navigation, climate control, contacts and vehicle.”
The price for ‘Taycan’ is anticipated to start around US$75,000. Watch Porsche’s teaser and Adam Levine test-drive the car at the Porsche Experience Center in LA below.
Meanwhile, BMW has debuted wireless charging for electric cars to drive sustainability and MINI’s first all-electric car is also on its way.
[via Autocar, images via Porsche]
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