The terms ‘hybridisation’ and ‘electrification’ are currently autosphere’s biggest obsessions. As we inch towards an era of plug-ins, automobile makers are fully embracing the idea. There’s the compact Mini, Jaguar’s 4-door Coupe, and of course, motorcycle makers like Harley Davidson’s who are offering the Livewire. Next month, at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche will be in the spotlight as it showcases its much-anticipated Porsche Taycan. An all-electric, hybrid luxury car, it will make its debut in India next year.
Having already taken more than 30,000 pre-orders, the Taycan will most definitely spearhead the performance EV industry in India, and will compete directly with the Tesla Model S. The biggest obstacle for Porsche, and the entire EV industry, is its limited charging infrastructure. In an conversation with Autocar, Pavan Shetty, director, Porsche, has stated that they’ve tied up with numerous luxury hotels across the country to avail heavy-duty charging and will be looking at more solutions as well. The Porsche Taycan will come with two sets of chargers.
In terms of performance, the Porsche Taycan will feel and drive just like its petrol alter-ego, but will bear two synchronous motors at each axle, allowing it to be an all-wheel drive. You’ll be able to power-glide from 0-100-kmph in just 3.5 seconds with its 600-hp engine.
According to the New European Driving Cycle test (designed to assess the emission levels of car engines and fuel economy in passenger cars), the Taycan will boast an 800V electrical architecture, making it more than capable of ranging over 500-km. The EV sportscar will also come with fast-charging capability (up to 350-kW) that will enable a 100-km range with just 4-min of charge with a max range of 485-kms in just 15-mins.
The Porsche Taycan will be making its first press appearance in Frankfurt next month, while bookings are expected to begin towards the end of 2019. Indian EV enthusiasts won’t have a long wait to drive this hybrid performance vehicle as it will be on the streets somewhere around mid-2020. There isn’t an official pricing on the Taycan, but we’d expect it to slate in at around Rs 2 cr.
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