You may have noticed that our blog has taken a slight detour into the realm of electromobility as of late. The shift is not exactly accidental – we’ve been focusing on eco friendly vehicle innovations in anticipation of Impact mobility rEVolution, which is coming up on September 12th and 13th. Thus far, our posts have revolved around CEE startup and local news, but how are the big players doing in the race for greener mobility? Porsche, for one, is not staying behind: the automobile giant has just announced their plan for turning 50% of their global sales over to the EV side by 2025.
The long term goal was announced alongside the corporation’s first serial electric vehicle – the Taycan, previously known as the mysterious “Mission E”. So far, a “three digit figure” of prototypes has been built of the model, and the developers are currently in the process of testing the EVs in a variety of extreme circumstances. The press release on Porsche’s website reveals that Taycan has gone through over 40 thousand kilometers of testing, but the team is expecting for the total number to “run into the millions of kilometers” before the car is ready to hit the market in late 2019.
The newly introduced Taycan is decidedly a sports car. With an over 500 kilometer range, an 800 V drive system, and an acceleration time from 0 to 100 kmh of merely 3.5 seconds, the EV will satisfy even the most demanding high-speed enthusiasts. As for the battery, Taycan’s press release reveals that “the Porsche way” focuses on speed instead of weight. The company has decided to steer away from equipping their new model with a heavy battery, and opt for fast charging instead. Taycan’s batter employs the use of an intelligent charging protocol and an innovative heat exchanger system capable of cooling the batteries quickly even in toughest conditions. Porsche’s EV promises a range of 400 kilometers supported by a quick 15 minute charge, all packed in an exceptionally light vehicle.
When it comes to explaining the motivation for turning to the greener side of mobility, Porsche’s reasoning is simple: the future is electric. The corporation’s goal for 2025 of ever second Porsche being sold having an electric drive unit comes from a combination of a few factors: namely, observing existing trends on the market, the desire to stay ahead of the crowd, and wanting to play a role in shaping the future of the automobile industry. As for the 50% sales ratio, the company has also revealed that the plan involves a subsequent 50/50 split between purely electric models, like the Taycan, and hybrids.
If you’d like to read more about the Taycan, or the company’s future EV-centered plans, feel free to check out Porsche’s website.