The Porsche Taycan is expected to make the “E“ in EV interchangeable with electric and exciting when it’s finally revealed at 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday, September 4.
Porsche first called the concept version of the Taycan the Porsche Mission E, and we learned long ago that this new electric car would have an 800-volt electrical system to enable super-fast charging.
Porsche is hard at work preparing this electrifying sedan for production. As a demonstration of the car’s capability, Porsche provided YouTube channel Fully Charged with access to a Taycan prototype in order to conduct some acceleration tests at the Lahr airport in southern Germany. During the tests, the prototype was driven from 0 to 124 mph back to 0 a total 26 times in succession. And these weren’t slow runs. The average time was just under ten seconds, with the difference between the fastest and the slowest times just 0.8 seconds.
What makes this possible, primarily, is the heat management concepts that have gone into the design. Two features in particular standout: the motor design and battery cooling system. The motor is a permanent magnet synchronous type, the same used in Porsche’s Nürburgring-destroying 919 Evo. The type of motor is compact and offers both high performance and efficiency. It also offers excellent thermal behaviour, according to Porsche.
We should note that the prototype used is representative of the range-topping Taycan, which could be badge a Turbo and cost more than $130,000 . There will be two Taycans positioned below it, likely corresponding to the base and S designations used by Porsche’s other models.
The range-topping Taycan will feature an electric motor at each axle for a combined 600 horsepower, or enough to see it hit 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds and top out at 155 mph. The 800-volt battery will have a capacity of around 90 kilowatt-hours, which should be enough for a range approaching 300 miles—at street-legal speeds, mind you.