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Porsche Taycan powertrain specs confirmed

By Chris Thompson, 31 Jul 2018 News

Porsche Taycan powertrain specs confirmed

The upcoming electric Porker is a 440kW sports sedan

Set to debut in 2019, the Porsche Taycan finally has a few confirmed core elements on its spec sheet.

Producing more than 440kW, the all-electric four-door’s output have been confirmed by Porsche to line up with those initially reported by MOTOR’s European correspondent Georg Kacher.

Also confirmed for the Taycan is the 500km range, the 800V voltage capacity for the electric sports car, and the sub-3.5 second 0-100km/h time.

On top of confirming these key details, Porsche has also released a great deal of information regarding the development and further intentions for its electric future.

With €6 billion (AUD$9.47 million) to be invested by Porsche into electric mobility by 2022, it’s clear Porsche is serious about making electric cars for keen drivers.

For its intentions, Porsche admits that there are three major obstacles to overcome: the weight, the temperature, and the availability of raw materials.

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“It was a major challenge to achieve such enormous battery capacity both for charging and discharging over the entire temperature range,” says Nora Lobenstein, head of energy storage systems at Porsche.

That temperature range, Porsche says, is between 20 and 40°C. Additionally, due to the battery design, the Taycan can achieve a charge good for 400km in just 15 minutes.

To help achieve this, Porsche believes a model of ‘plug in and charge fast’ is necessary, with an idea to build regular fast-charging points along main traffic arteries.

Porsche hopes that, by 2020, ‘customers will gain access to thousands of brand- and capacity-independent “high-power charging” (HPC) points’.

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While the Taycan and its technology is still being developed, Porsche says ‘hundreds’ of Taycans are already undertaking ‘intensive testing tours in extremely hot and bitterly cold regions of the world’.

Stay tuned for our first drive in the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo, featured in the August 2018 issue of MOTOR Magazine.

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