Porsche’s first all-electric sports car breaks cover

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Porsche presented its first fully-electric sports car to the public with a spectacular world premiere held simultaneously on three continents. The four-door sports saloon is a unique package, offering typical Porsche performance and connectivity with everyday usability, says the automaker. At the same time, highly advanced production methods and the features of the Taycan are setting new standards in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation.

The first models in the new series are the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo. They are at the cutting-edge of Porsche E-Performance and are among the most powerful production models that the sports car manufacturer currently has in its product range. Less powerful variants of these all-wheel-drive vehicles will follow this year. The first derivative to be added will be the Taycan Cross Turismo at the end of next year.

By 2022, Porsche will have invested more than six billion euros in electromobility.

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Performance meets efficiency

The flagship Turbo S version of the Taycan can generate up to 560kW overboost power in combination with Launch Control, and the Taycan Turbo up to 500kW. The Taycan Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo completes this sprint in 3.2sec. The Turbo S has a range of up to 412 kilometers, and the Turbo a range of up to 450km. The top speed of both all-wheel-drive models is 260km/h.

The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400v for electric cars. This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: in just over five minutes, the battery can be recharged using direct current (DC) from the high-power charging network for a range of up to 100km.

The charging time for 5 to 80% SoC (state of charge) is 22.5 minutes for charging under ideal conditions, and the maximum charging power (peak) is 270kW. The overall capacity of the Performance Battery Plus is 93.4kWh. Taycan drivers can comfortably charge their cars with up to 11kW of alternating current (AC) at home.

Read: Flagship Porsche Cayenne now with 500kW

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Two-speed transmission

The Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo have two efficient electric machines, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle, thus making the cars all-wheel drive. Both the range and the continuous power of the drive benefit from the high efficiency of the permanently excited synchronous machines. The electric machine, transmission and pulse-controlled inverter are each combined into a compact drive module.

The modules have the highest power density (kW per litre of package space) of all-electric powertrains on the market today. A special feature of the electric motors is the “hairpin” winding of the stator coils. This technology makes it possible to incorporate more copper in the stator, increasing power output and torque while maintaining the same component volume. The two-speed transmission installed on the rear axle is an innovation developed by Porsche. First gear gives the Taycan even more acceleration from a standing start, while second gear with a long gear ratio ensures high efficiency and equally high power reserves.

This also applies at very high speeds.

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Centrally networked chassis systems

Porsche uses a centrally networked control system for the Taycan chassis. The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real-time. The innovative chassis systems include adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology including PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) electronic damper control, as well as the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) electromechanical roll stabilisation system, including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus).

The all-wheel-drive control with two electric motors and the recuperation system are unique. At up to 265kW, the potential recuperation power is significantly higher than that of competitors. Driving tests have shown that approximately 90% of everyday braking is performed by the electric machines alone – without the hydraulic wheel brakes being activated.

The profile of the different driving modes basically follows the same philosophy as in other Porsche model series. This is supplemented by special settings that enable optimum use of the purely electric drive. Four driving modes are available: “Range”, “Normal”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus”. In addition, individual systems can be configured as required in the “Individual” mode.

Model availability and pricing for the Taycan across the Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE region will be announced in the first half of 2020.

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