Hopefully, the 2019 Porsche Taycan (previously known as 2015 Porsche Mission E) is going to be a success story and the specs have just been announced! That will be the first fully electric (modern) Porsche, and according to Porsche UK managing director, Alexander Pollich, the company is dealing with an extraordinarily large number of ordered units. In an interview he gave to “Autocar”, a huge amount of customers is interested in buying a 2019 Porsche Taycan and that can also become a problem…
2019 Porsche Taycan Release Date is (hopefully) 2019
You can now order your 2019 Porsche Taycan even though the final production version hasn’t been unveiled. The production of this Porsche’s first (modern) electric car is scheduled to start in 2019, and the company is not sure if they can actually produce the desired number of units. The annual goal is 20,000 units. However, the ramping production of this car is actually a challenge, even for a company like this one.
They chose to build the 2019 Porsche Taycan at a facility in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, Germany. That is the same factory in which they have been producing the most iconic Porsche to this date – Porsche 911 (and a couple more). And in order to build the 2019 Porsche Taycan, the company has to either build a completely new production line while other lines work in their fullest capacity or to move to some other site.
The second option is out of the question so they decided to actually demolish the existing location while other lines continue to run. That costs too much. However, this is where employees jumped in. They collectively decided to invest their projected salary increase until 2025. That “sacrifice” is going to be enough.
Elon Musk had the same problem with Model 3 lines. Their idea was to build the “aggressive ramp” for Tesla’s Model 3 but in the same facility where they are building Model S and Model X. That became a nightmare.
2019 Porsche Taycan Specs
We already heard some rumors about the 2019 Porsche Taycan specs, however, we now finally have something that is official! The Taycan will produce over 600hp! That will enable this vehicle to go from 0-60mph in under 3.5s and from -124mph (200 km/h) in 12s. And the battery pack! That is the technology made to challenge Tesla. It will contain 400 different cells and each of them with a current of about 4V. That makes an 800V battery system. And batteries are some of the densest lithium-ion battery packs you can find.
That kind of a battery system provides 2019 Porsche Taycan with an estimated range of 310 miles. And when that kind of a battery is depleted, it takes only 15 minutes to charge enough for you to travel another 248 miles (400km). However, that is only possible by using Porsche’s 800V fast charger. You will be able to plug it into a normal 400V charger however that will give a normal charging time. And this is another story. This is how Porsche is trying to attack Tesla where it hurts – Its unique network of Superchargers.
Porsche is Trying to Beat Tesla on Recharging Technology!
A huge advantage that Tesla has over all other companies is their network of Superchargers. Most Tesla owners use stations and superchargers without having to pay a dime! That is one of the best selling points that have been helping Tesla to beat all other companies. There are other companies that are trying to “step up” their game, but for now, nobody can beat Tesla.
So far no one came even close to what Tesla has done. However, Porsche is trying a different approach. They are developing a more advanced recharging technology that will be “as fast as a Porsche”!
Porsche is a relatively small car company but they have a pretty good R&D team. That team has successfully developed one very important piece of technology that will give them an advantage over their rival – a recharge speed. They will be able to recharge on any other CCS DC fast recharging station and their special Porsche “Turbo Chargers” that operate on 800V. That special charger will recharge Taycan’s batteries from 0 – 80% of capacity in 15 minutes.
The company will not build their own network of thousands of recharging stations (maybe 500), but they will install Turbo Chargers to all the dealers and some other sites as well. Those chargers will also be available for home installations. The first two “Turbo Chargers” are already installed at a Porsche dealership near Berlin. And aside from that Turbo-charging tech, those chargers also have conventional CCS fast-chargers that are compatible with many other electric and plug-in hybrids.
2019 Porsche Taycan was Spied Testing at the Nurburgring
Maybe it would be an oversimplification to say that 2019 Porsche Taycan is important for Porsche. Considering the size of their investment, we can say that this car will be extremely important for the future of EVs in general. Everyone is trying to catch that EV train and this will be the first true rival for Tesla (having in mind all the aspects of both vehicles). You can see the prototype running around Nurburgring and for the first time listen to the noise of silence coming from a sports car.