Porsche Unveils The Taycan, The Company’s First-Ever Electric Car
After four years of concepts and prototypes, German automaker Porsche has finally debuted its first-ever electric vehicle on Wednesday, during an event that took place on three continents. The Taycan, a sport sedan built to propel Porsche into the electric future, will start at $150,900 USD.
For the reveal, Porsche held simultaneous events in three places that represent a form of renewable energy production. The locations included Berlin for solar power, China’s Pingtan Island for wind, and Niagara Falls, Canada, for hydroelectric.
The groundbreaking EV debuts in two versions — the base model Turbo and specced up Turbo S. “It's faster, it's smoother, and the performance is better. The traction control is up to 10 times faster than on a normal Porsche.” Chassis engineer Ingo Albers said in a statement, as reported by Wired.
Aside from its sustainability factor, the Taycan will also feel more balanced and agile than the automaker’s previous sports sedan, mainly due to the fact that its weight is concentrated in its middle.
That said, it will also be a pleasure for those who like to push a vehicle to its edge. “The torque is there, and it can be distributed within milliseconds,” Albers says. And that’s all without overheating the battery pack or restricting the power output.
In terms of visual appearance, there’s almost nothing that distinguishes the Taycan as an EV, which is a big draw for those who want a luxury vehicle without necessarily flaunting the fact that they’re driving an electric car.
The Taycan will also be the first car with a built-in Apple Music app, which just goes to show that in the future, drivers will no longer have to sacrifice comfort and premium amenities for a sustainable, eco-friendly ride.