For most of us, when we think of Porsche we think of their gorgeous 911 model. This classic supercar has been the face of the prestigious company since it was first unveiled in 1968 and remains an incredibly popular choice for luxury vehicle connoisseurs thanks to its timeless style and ferocious engine.
However, this looks like it could be set to change with the release of Porsche’s brand new car, the Taycan. Despite only planning on building 20,000 new Taycan’s, Porsche claims it has already received 30,000 reservations for the all-electric car. As a result of this high demand, the German-based company is reportedly doubling its production to 40,000. To put that into perspective, last year the 911 sold approximately, 35,500 models, which means its new all-electric sister could outsell the famous James Bond car!
Porsche goes all-electric
The Taycan, which translates to ‘lively young horse’, is Porsche’s very first full-electric sports car and is their attempt to rival Tesla’s Model S, which was, in fact, the initial benchmark during testing.
Powered by a 270 watt-hours per kilogram lithium-ion battery, the Taycan can reach 0-62mph in a dazzling 3.5 seconds and boasts a top speed of 155mph. It is expected to be able to drive 310 miles on a full battery, just like its Tesla rival, and Porsche is hoping re-charging will be quick too, aiming to reach 80% battery life in just 15 minutes. However, this speedy charging time can only be achieved at one of Porsche’s specially designed 350Kw electric charging points.
In a bid to get more of their drivers into their new all-electric supercar, Porsche is offering Taycan drivers in America three years of free charging at selected points across the country and is investing $70 million to add their DC fast chargers to their dealerships.