Porsche's first electric auto will be called the Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Porsche has announced the production version of the Mission E electric vehicle concept will be called the Taycan. We'll re-visit the Mission E's specs shortly, but for now you should know that Porsche's upcoming EV will not, in fact, be called the Mission E when it becomes available for purchase in 2019.

The name, which is derived from Turkish, according to Porsche, and translates as "lively young horse", is a reference to the prancing steed at the center of Porsche's shield-shaped logo. So now you know. Announcing the name, the company has even released a teaser video that reveals that the Porsche Taycan features a fully digital instrument cluster - a first for a Porsche. The Porsche Taycan electric sports vehicle can do a 0-100 kmph sprint in well under 3.5 seconds and to 200 kmph in under 12 seconds.

But Porsche's brand image is built on track performance not just straight line acceleration so, with the Taycan, Porsche promises a "level of continuous power that is unmatched by any other electric vehicle". In that regard, the Taycan truly delivers as it will boast a range of 310 miles on a single charge. Its battery pack will provide with more than 300 miles of range, measured on the European cycle. Tesla now has stores where its cars and solar products are sold, and soon will add fix centers, but they do not present themselves as traditional dealerships.

The Taycan has been dubbed the "Tesla-slayer" by some automotive journalists.

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"Our new electric sports auto is strong and dependable; it's a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances, and that epitomizes freedom", said in a statement Oliver Blume, chairman of Porsche's board.

That's because the Panamera's mighty 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8 is switched off and the big beast is running near-silent thanks to a 136-horsepower electric motor located between the front wheels that's powered by a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery.

The company also marked the occasion by revealing a 911 Speedster Concept, an open-top version of its iconic sports vehicle. Today, the German automaker has announced that the Mission E will be sold as the Porsche Taycan.

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