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Porsche to implement flexi-line production system for new Taycan EV

The new Porsche Taycan is considered as revolutionary at the German sports car maker as the upcoming model is its first all-electric vehicle. Nonetheless, the new Taycan four-door EV will also be the starting point of a new revolution in the company. As Porsche is committing itself to electric mobility, it also has to undergo a significant change, especially in terms of production.

Porsche is currently building its conventionally powered vehicles, including its 911 sports car, using the traditional principle of an assembly line. But when it commences the production of the Taycan, Porsche will be implementing major changes for the production and assembly facilities of the new EV.

Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Board responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche, remarked that starting 2025, more than 50 percent of the Porsche models delivered are expected to be electrified. While this will require substantial investments in development, production, and staff training, Porsche believes that the carmaker will still be able to achieve a target profit margin of at least 15 percent.

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Road going Mission E gets the name Taycan

For those of you who have been waiting for Porsche’s first electric vehicle, which is supposed to come after the Porsche Mission E, the automaker had just reported that the production version will be called the Taycan, coming to dealers in 2019. According to Oliver Blume, Porsche Boss, the name Taycan translates to “lively, young horse”, reports CNBC. The title is a reference to the horse on the city of Stuttgart coat of arms that also appears on the Porsche emblem.

As we saw in the spy shots, the Taycan is a sleek sedan that kind of looks like an overextended 911 turned into a four door. It has got a low nose featuring LED headlights, and there the roof is also slightly sloped that lends a coupe like silhouette. Inside, expect Porsche to pack the four door with the company’s cutting edge equipment.

According to reports, the range topping Taycan will have over 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts), thanks to its electric motors. It is now able to accelerate to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in under 3.5 seconds. Porsche also promises that it will have a driving range of 311 miles (500 kilometers) in only a single charge. The entry level model, that has 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) will have a starting price of around $85,000.

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Porsche expects Mission E to be a top-seller, 718 Boxster electric could be possible

When Porsche unveiled the Mission E Concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, many have been left excited by the prospect of seeing and driving the carmaker’s first all-electric sports car. But, would sports car buyers still be excited to get a piece of the production version of the Mission E when it finally arrives in 2019?

It seems Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume is confident that the Mission E would attract a good number of buyers. As for the figure, Blume told Automobilwoche that he expects a huge demand for Porsche’s first all-electric pegged at a “calculated” number of 20,000 examples.

That would mean that the Mission E would be nearly as popular and nearly as sensational as Porsche’s best-seller – the 911. In 2015, Porsche delivers over 31,000 units of the 911 around the world, over 8,000 examples of which were turned over to their new owners in the United States. Delivering 20,000 units of the Mission E worldwide would be an ambitious objective for Porsche, at least for now.

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Porsche Mission E EV to go head-to-head with Tesla

Since the release of the Tesla Model S, this electric sedan has become one of the leaders in the EV market. It was first introduced to the public in 2012 and has since set the bar for EVs in Tesla’s own production line as well as competitors in the likes of BMW and now, Porsche.

The Tesla Model S is considered a “supercar killer” since its faceoff with Ferrari 550 in a Street Battle. With the P85D, the EV sedan’s extra motor boosted its power to 691 ponies and 687 lb.-ft. torque thus producing a top speed of 155 mph. It zoomed from 0 to 62 mph in just a matter of 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph and a quarter-mile time of only 11.8 seconds.

Despite having a 485-horsepower 5.5-liter V12, the Ferrari 550 was only able to get a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.2 seconds – a heart-breaking difference of only 1 second. Tesla has definitely upped the quality of their EVs, no wonder people are clamouring to own one despite being too pricey.

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Porsche has made history by launching its first all-electric four-seat sports car – the Mission E – at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. Laden with the signature Porsche emotional design, this concept car boasts outstanding performance and the revolutionary practicality of the first 800-volt drive system.

The highlights of this four-door sports car include having four single seats, a driving range of more than 500 km, and system power that exceeds 600 hp (440 kW). When equipped with all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, the car takes less than 3.5 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h.

To achieve an 80% electric charge, it only has to be plugged in for about 15 minutes. The driver can intuitively operate the instruments by gestures and by eye-tracking with some being controlled by holograms. Another advantage is that the displays automatically adjust to the driver’s position.

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