Electric cars coming soon

Electric vehicles still account for a tiny proportion of car sales, but that could soon change, because these upcoming models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability...

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30 November 2016

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Mission E concept front

On sale Early 2020 Price from £80,000 (est)

Most of the high-end electric cars on sale or coming soon are styled to look like SUVs, but Porsche is going a different way, building a four-wheel-drive, four-door coupé powered by two electric motors.

Called the Taycan, it’s said to produce more than 592bhp and blast from 0-62mph in less than 3.5sec – about a second behind the range-topping Tesla Model S P100D but more than 0.5sec faster than the 100D. The 310-mile range of the Taycan, meanwhile, places it above the Model S 75D, but up to 83 miles short of the 393 miles that the 100D can cover between charges (as tested on the old NEDC cycle).

Given the car’s exterior styling and four-seat interior, you might assume that it will be closer to the Panamera than the 911 in terms of the way it drives. However, the Taycan’s floor-mounted batteries should give it a lower centre of gravity than either of these conventionally powered Porsches and, as a result, potentially improve handling.

Porsche Mission E concept rear

Porsche also plans to give the Taycan Level 4 autonomous driving technology; that equates to self-driving in nearly all situations, with driver attention not always required. “There are situations in traffic jams where you will be able to read a newspaper,” Porsche chairman Oliver Blume explained, “but our customers take pleasure from driving and this will remain.”

The name ‘Taycan’ translates loosely as ‘lively, young horse’ – a nod to Porsche’s badge, which has featured a leaping horse since 1952.

The German brand revealed a more rugged version of the Taycan at the Geneva motor show in March. This Mission E Cross Turismo concept is based on the same platform as the Taycan but features a raised ride height and an estate-style body. It’s likely to follow the regular Taycan into production in 2021.

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