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Tesla’s mega-fast Model S finally has a challenger

Friday 05/April/2019 - 06:05 PM
Sada El Balad
Sputnik
Tesla has shown there’s massive potential in the electric-vehicle (EV) market. As a result، an increasing number of car manufacturers are taking the hint.

Tesla TSLA، +2.45% has surely taken heed of EV competition that will arrive over the next few years. Today، I want to take a closer look at one of the cars on that list: Porsche’s Taycan (pronounced: tie-con). It means “lively young horse” in Turkish، and if you thought it has to do with Porsche’s crest، you’re right. The company invested 6 billion euros ($6.7 billion) and hired 1،200 employees for the launch of this model alone.

In firmly committing to electric mobility، the German sports-car manufacturer is undergoing a major change. For Porsche (a unit of Volkswagen VW، +0.61% VOW، -0.97% Taycan is more than just a car; it is positioned to be a part of its core lineup.

Clean design
Taycan is not the first EV made by Porsche; the company’s Panamera sedan offers a plug-in hybrid. But that model won’t be used as a foundation for the new car. Instead، Taycan will be built from scratch، atop of a custom platform that provides ample space for its bulky battery. The same platform will be used for other versions of the car، including a wagon-like crossover، dubbed “Mission E Cross Turismo،” and there are even rumors that Volkswagen’s Lamborghini will use it for its own EV. Taycan will have four seats، compared with five for Tesla’s Model S، though the final design might change. (Until recently، Tesla offered an option with two jump seats in the rear for kids، bringing seating capacity to seven.)

Two battery versions will be available: 80 kWh (kilowatt hours) and 95 kWh. Needless to say، a bigger battery means more horsepower، and since this is a sports sedan، I can imagine you’ll want all the power you can get. Equipped with a special cooling system to keep the batteries operating at optimal temperature، the car will be able to deliver 250 miles of range after only 15 minutes of charging; if you’re in a pinch، over 60 miles in four minutes. To accomplish this، Porsche plans to use 800-volt chargers. In comparison، Tesla’s 480-volt chargers take 30 minutes to provide 170 miles of driving range. The Taycan، like all Teslas، can be plugged in at home. The maximum range for Taycan is 310 miles. The long-range Model S can go 335 miles on a single charge.

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