Porsche is increasing production of their upcoming Taycan EV as pre-orders are starting to outstrip the German carmaker’s planned production schedule.
Everyone is on the edge of their seats awaiting news of the upcoming Taycan EV from Porsche. So hot anticipated is this car that apparently more than 20,000 people are willing to pre-order to incoming luxury grand tourer without even seeing the production version in action.
Porsche had planned to produce 20,000 Taycans per year, according to a report from CNBC, but so many people have jumped on the pre-order that they’re bumping up that number to 40,000.
Pre-orders began last summer when Porsche revealed the name of the Mission E to be Taycan (or Turkish for “prancing horse”, a take on the Porsche logo). The Taycan is estimated to have a range of over 311 miles and 590 horsepower from its dual electric motors (one on each axle). Zero to sixty is done in just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of over 155 mph.
Best of all, the Taycan will be able to charge 80% of its battery in just 15 minutes thanks to Porsche’s new Turbo Charging System. That’s something no other electric car maker can boast, and some are calling it a game changer.
"We had been ready for it," Porsche spokesperson Andrew Lennon told CNBC. "We had the ability to increase capacity from the beginning, and executives recently made the decision to go ahead."
Each Taycan starts at $80,000, making it compete against other luxury EVs such as the Tesla Model S and the upcoming Audi E-Tron. It will be built at a brand new factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany, next to Porsche’s current headquarters.
The factory will be coated in nitrogen dioxide-absorbing material, which means the Taycan factory will suck out pollution from the very air around it. According to Porsche, this will make the Taycan the first truly zero-emission vehicle in the world.