Porsche Names Mission E ‘Taycan’
Porsche’s first purely electric series production vehicle has now been given its official name: the Mission E will be known as the Taycan. According to Porsche the name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, referencing the prancing horse depicted within the Porsche crest. Porsche announced the name as part of its “70 years of sports cars” ceremony. The Taycan will produce more than 600hp, via two electric motors, it will accelerate to 62mph in under 3.5 seconds and boast a maximum range of over 300 miles.
Oriental in origin, the name follows Porsche’s established naming conventions where its vehicle names have a connection with the corresponding model’s characteristics. For example the name Boxster describes the combination of the car’s boxer engine and its roadster design, Cayenne denotes ‘fieriness’, the Cayman is ‘incisive and agile’. The Panamera name links to the Carrera Panamericana long-distance race, the name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger.
Porsche plans to invest more than six billion euro in electromobility by 2022, some 500 million euro will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives, around one billion for electrification and hybridisation of the existing product range, several hundred million for the expansion of production sites, plus around 700 million euro for new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.
Rapid expansion at Zuffenhausen to create a bespoke production facility for the Taycan is already well underway. A new paint shop, a dedicated assembly area and a conveyor bridge for transporting painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area are currently being constructed. In addition, Porsche’s existing engine plant is being expanded to build electric drivetrains, and the body shop will also be developed. Production of the Taycan will create around 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen alone.