Meet the "Taycan": Porsche's Tesla Competitor

Mike Mish Shedlock

The Tesla S competitor from Porsche carries the name "Taycan", pronounced "Tie- Con".

Handelsblatt reports Porsche's first electric car is called "Taycan".

The oriental term means "lively, young horse" and attack with it the heraldic animal in the Porsche logo, a jumping horse. The Taycan is scheduled to go into production in 2019 and become a strong competitor to the Tesla Model S.

The four-door electric sports car Taycan accelerates with more than 600 hp in less than 3.5 seconds to 100 km/h [62.14 MPH] . With a battery charge he is said to come 500 kilometers [310.69 miles], and thanks to an 800-volt architecture, he can recharge at fast charging stations in four minutes for 100 kilometers [62.14 miles] range power.

All car manufacturers are currently working under pressure on many new electric cars to overcome the teething troubles: the short range, the long charging time and ultimately the much higher price than comparable petrol or diesel cars.

Tie-Con

The Verge reports Pronounced ‘tie-con,’ ‘Porsche would like to be Taycan [taken] seriously with this new name’

The name, which was announced at an event celebrating the automaker’s 70th anniversary, roughly translates to “lively young horse” in German, a reference to the leaping horse at the heart of the company’s crest. Also, it’s apparently pronounced “tie-con,” but it’s probably already doomed to a lifetime of mispronunciations.

The internet, as it is wont to do, immediately started dragging Porsche for the new name.

Add me to the list of those who thinks Taycan is a poor name with an even worse official pronunciation.

That aside, I await the price. Any guesses?

Somewhere along the lines, a manufacturer will produce a nice car that will be the end of Tesla. Is this it or will Trump ban sales in the US?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (21)
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Wagner_2
Wagner_2

Articles like these (that don't contain any meangingful content) are the main reason why my TSLA portfolio keeps expanding.

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Play thing, that's all, for those with more money than sense.

Kinuachdrach
Kinuachdrach

I keep thinking about pulling into a gas station and seeing a young woman with one hand on the gas pump and the other hand on her static electric generating cell phone. I drove on.

Now we all have to think about young women with 800 volt cables in their hands … maybe in the rain. What would the development of electric vehicles look like if it were not for taxpayer subsidies for wealthy buyers and government mandates forcing the premature adoption of the technology?

wootendw
wootendw

Prices will start at $80-90k. My 'new' pickup cost $3600. I'd rather have 25 vehicles like my truck than one electric car no matter who makes it.

thimk
thimk

Well Elon is losing a big chunk of float , maybe 3/4 of billion because he can't deliver. This demand may shift over to Porsche. But those pesky tariffs may get in the way.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

Yes, but can Porsche possibly hope to colonize Mars? That’s what we really want to know.

Wagner_4
Wagner_4

@Mish, instead of deleting my comments, you should use #TeslaKillerCemetery hashtag for articles like these. Twitter is your friend to find out what that hashtag means.

This Porsche is coming out earlierst in 2019. Then Porsche will go through the same pain that Tesla went back in 2010-2012. And hopefully by 2020, Porsche will finally have a production ready EV.

Wagner_4
Wagner_4

@Mish Although, I am not 100% sure you delete comments. Is there some "suppress comments" feature? I can't see my comments from Incognito mode, but I can see them when I am logged in.

Wagner_4
Wagner_4

And here is what I see from incognito mode (Obviously no "Load X more of Y comments" button to see what Wagner_2 posted):

Wagner_4
Wagner_4

pgp
pgp

Names in Europe are all very odd to the English speaking... They make perfect sense if you're German or Dutch but for an international company you'd expect advertising slogans and product names to be clever and somehow universal. However if your market is China, the only country that can afford your wares, a name that works best there is a good plan.

CautiousObserver
CautiousObserver

The Porsche Taycan looks like a sportier Tesla Model S P100D (the super version of the Model S). Porsche will probably ask north of $130,000. It is not going to be a mainstream vehicle. Sales will not move the needle in the context of the broader car market. The prospective buyers will not care if a tariff applies to this or not.

Porsche:

vs Tesla P100D:

Carl_R
Carl_R

But cell phones have caught on fire from lithium batteries, but there are no lithium batteries in cars...oh, wait...

Kinuachdrach
Kinuachdrach

You are right, oh Sweet Kenny -- it is the individual using the phone who generates the static electricity, not the cell phone itself. Nevertheless, many gas stations have signposts warning against cell phone use while refueling, because fire is fire. Presumably, future electric recharging stations will have signs warning about the dangers of handling live 800 volt connectors in the rain.

xil
xil

since porsche is commonly mispronounced, why not have a new model fated to the same?

shum
shum

Yeah, why can't they use something non-flammable like gasoline...oh,wait...

sequoia512
sequoia512

I agree with Trump fair trade beats our so called free trade. We allow things in no tariff or low tariff and our trading partners screw us royal on our stuff. There is nothing out there that we need to import. They need us a hell of a lot more than we need them. This will be a short trade war or we will be making more stuff here. Now if we have the same ability to send our stuff tariff free overseas, that is the best answer.


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