Porsche is set to begin the initial production of the Taycan, its first all-electric car, sometime this year. While the company is yet to reveal the production version of the vehicle, Porsche has nonetheless stated that the reception to the upcoming EV has been very positive so far.
Last month, Porsche North America President and CEO Klaus Zellmer noted in a statement to CNET that pre-orders for the Taycan have been “pretty amazing.” Zellmer did not reveal an exact number, though he did tease that “If all the people [who preordered] buy this car, then we are sold out for the first year.” This is quite impressive, considering that Porsche originally intended to produce 20,000 units of the Taycan annually.
It is no surprise, then, that Porsche CEO Olliver Blume has noted that due to the positive response to the Taycan, the Germany-based carmaker is raising its production goals for the vehicle’s initial production. In an interview with German news agency WirtschaftsWoche, Blume added that Porsche is also preparing to manufacture the Mission E Cross Turismo, an off-road variant of the electric car, in the near future.
“The annual production capacity is 20,000 vehicles. However, due to the positive response, we will adjust this number upwards, especially since the Cross Turismo as the first derivative of the Taycan got (the) green light for the series,” he said.
What is rather interesting, though, was a statement given by Porsche’s North American CEO, when he teased the demographic that the Taycan has been attracting. As it turns out, the upcoming all-electric car is enticing pre-orders from potential buyers who do not drive currently drive a Porsche. Zellmer even noted that Tesla owners comprise a large portion of Taycan reservation holders.
“More than half of the people that are signing up for the Taycan have not owned or do not own a Porsche. Typically, if we look at our source of business, people coming from other brands, it’s Audi, BMW, or Mercedes. The no. 1 brand now is Tesla. That’s pretty interesting, to see that people that were curious about the Tesla for very good reasons obviously don’t stop being curious,” the CEO said.
While news of Tesla owners signing up for Porsche’s electric car might be spun in a negative light, such developments could also be seen as an accomplishment for Elon Musk and the electric car maker. For one, the Taycan, even with its increased production, would not be manufactured in quantities comparable to the Model 3, or even the Model S for that matter. Thus, the chances of the Taycan being a threat to Tesla’s overall sales (particularly as the company is now focusing on introducing and producing high-volume vehicles like the Model 3 and later on, the Model Y) are rather slim.
If any, the Taycan pre-orders coming from Tesla owners might actually indicate something quite notable. Based on the fact that they are pre-ordering another electric car, these customers appear to be drivers that have, at some point in their Tesla ownership, fallen in love with the power and characteristics of EVs. For a company like Tesla, whose goal is to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy, the warm reception to other vehicles like the Porsche Taycan is simple proof that it is accomplishing its mission very well.