The Porsche Taycan is expected to be released sometime next year, but the German legacy automaker is already starting its marketing efforts for the all-electric car. The stakes are high for the carmaker — if it can design the Taycan in such a way that it rivals the best electric vehicles on the market like the Tesla Model S, the company can establish itself as a leader in the emerging EV market. If the car comes up short of expectations, the Taycan will end up being delegated as a footnote in the list of electric cars that never reached their potential.
Porsche started accepting pre-orders for the vehicle earlier this year, though the company initially extended the offer to several selected countries such as Norway, partly due to the country’s open support for electric mobility. The pre-orders for the vehicle were extended to the United States recently as well, by means of a Deposit Option Program for customers residing in the country. Interested buyers can fill up an online form to be part of the program, after which they will be sent information and updates about the electric car from a selected Porsche dealer. An example of a pre-order form for US-based Porsche Taycan customers can be accessed here.
Porsche is yet to reveal the final production version of the Taycan. The legacy carmaker still uses the Mission E sedan concept in its promotional materials for the upcoming electric car. A number of camouflaged test mules have been made, but the test vehicles are disguised with elements that will surely not make it to the production model, such as twin exhaust pipes at the rear. Despite not revealing the car’s final production model, Porsche Managing Director Alexander Pollich announced last month that the company is seeing a strong, positive reception to the vehicle so far.
Among the legacy automakers that are currently developing an all-electric car, Porsche appears to be one of the most serious about its desire to transition into the electric mobility age. As details of the Taycan trickled out over the years, it became quite evident that the all-electric, four-door sedan would be a serious competitor to the mainstays of the EV industry like the Model S. Porsche even notes that the Taycan will have the same soul and pedigree found in its iconic gas-powered vehicles such as the Porsche 911. Former race car driver Mark Webber echoed this sentiment during a test drive of the car, stating that the Taycan handles and feels very much “like a Porsche.”
Back in 2014, Elon Musk stated that the hoped Tesla “could address the false perception that people have that an electric car had to be ugly and slow and boring like a golf cart.” Just a year after that, Porsche debuted the Mission E sedan concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and it has become a poster child for Porsche’s transition to electric mobility ever since. Porsche even expanded the Mission E line earlier this year, revealing a more rugged, off-road version of the vehicle dubbed as the Mission E Cross Turismo. The company also stated that by 2025, it aims for “every second Porsche sold to have an electric drive unit,” meaning half of its offerings would be fully electric while the other half will be plug-in hybrids.
The Porsche Taycan is expected to feature the legacy carmaker’s trademark performance, with the vehicle listed with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, a range of 310 miles per charge, and a top speed of 155 mph. The electric car is expected to be produced at a facility located at Zuffenhausen, a suburb in Stuttgart, Germany — the same factory where Porsche manufactures some of its finest vehicles like the 911, 718 Boxster, and the 718 Cayman. Porsche is expecting to manufacture 20,000 Taycans per year when it begins production.