Porsche will launch its first pure-electric vehicle in 2019, but Australia will have to wait until 2020 for the Taycan.
In the meantime, the company is gearing up for its electric future by showing the Mission E Concept for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere.
It’s all part of a pop-up display dubbed ‘Future Lab’, opened this week in Barangaroo, Sydney, offering a look at the concept car, as well as a 1962 356 in what is a celebration of the carmaker’s 70 years of production.
Despite Porsche Australia being tight-lipped about what the Taycan might look like in its final production guise, we can safely assume it'll take its fundamental design cues from the Mission E – barring concept features like the suicide doors.
However, we do know the Taycan will be powered by two permanently excited synchronous motors generating more than 440kW (600hp) and able to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in well under 3.5 seconds and to 200km/h in under 12 seconds.
Porsche says this level of performance is backed by a continuously-maintained power level, meaning multiple launches are possible in succession without loss of performance. The vehicle’s range is claimed to be more than 500 kilometres.
The Taycan promises to be fast, but it also claims fast charging via a series of 350kW ‘Electric Pit Stops’ capable of delivering an 80 per cent charge in less than 20 minutes, or nearly half the time of Tesla’s 120kW Supercharger Network.
Key to the fast charging system of the Taycan is Porsche’s commitment to a 800-volt architecture for the drive and the battery. It also means a lighter and more compact electrical system, with smaller cable diameters and a more efficient package.
Earlier this year Stefan Weckbach, who’s in charge of developing the Taycan range said, “The Taycan drives like a Porsche, looks like a Porsche, and feels like a Porsche – it just happens to have a different type of drive.
"Take the under-floor battery, for example. It gives the Taycan a very low centre of gravity, even lower than with the 911.”
While we still have no indication of price and features for the Taycan, Chris Jordan, Porsche Australia communications head, told CarAdvice there are plenty of ‘expressions of interest’ for the car, from current Porsche owners and those new to the brand.
He's expecting that number to ramp up significantly once local pricing and packaging is confirmed.