The Porsche Taycan is still a year or so away from production, but the German automaker is already ramping its promotional efforts for the all-electric car. The company’s latest promotion for the Taycan featured a cinematic flourish, as the vehicle was showcased climbing Austria’s tallest mountain in an ad for the DJI Mavic 2, the drone company’s flagship “DSLR in the sky.”
The collaboration between Porsche and DJI featured the Taycan and a 550 Spyder traversing the twisting roads of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Großglockner mountain pass) in Austria, one of the country’s most picturesque routes. The Grossglockner High Alpine Road takes vehicles up 8,215 ft from the bottom to the top. The mountain pass, which features stunning vistas, is a popular site for auto enthusiasts, though it usually becomes inaccessible during winter and early spring due to snow and ice.
The concept of the commercial itself is symbolic of Porsche’s views on the Taycan. Porsche intends to eventually transition most of its fleet to electric cars and hybrid vehicles, and the Taycan is the car that could kickstart the change. The ad starts with aerial shots of the Porsche 550 Spyder, which eventually gets overtaken by the all-electric car. One of the close shots of the Taycan even featured what appears to be the audible sound of the vehicle’s electric motors as it climbed up the mountain pass.
The Taycan is all-electric, and it is equipped with two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM), which Porsche dubs as the “turbos of the electric motor milieu.” The Taycan’s motors, which were used in the sports-prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid racing car, produce a combined 600 hp (440 kW), allowing the vehicle to accelerate from a dead stop to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Just like the Model 3 Performance, the Taycan is also listed with a top speed of 155 mph, as well as a 310-mile range.
Porsche is one of the auto industry’s legacy carmakers that appears to be taking its electric car initiative seriously. Apart from its continued push of the Taycan, the company has also teased the release of the Mission E Cross Turismo, a variant of the vehicle that features off-road elements, in 2020. Porsche has also recently revealed that the Taycan would be supported by a fast-charging network not unlike Tesla’s Superchargers. Dubbed as Charge Parks, Porsche’s electric car stations would be placed on key locations across well-traveled routes, and it would provide drivers with a system that would allow the Taycan to replenish 248 miles of range in just 15 minutes.
The Porsche Taycan is expected to start production in 2019, though customers in the United States and selected territories can now pre-order the vehicle. The electric car is expected to be produced at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen facility in Stuttgart, Germany, the same facility where the Porsche 911, 718 Boxster, and the 718 Cayman are manufactured. Porsche plans to produce 20,000 Taycans annually when the electric car begins production.
Watch the Porsche Taycan climb Austria’s Grossglockner High Alpine Road in the video below.