A week ago, Porsche formally launched it's eagerly awaited Taycan all-electric vehicle. The German brand celebrated for the iconic 911 and all the more as of late the Cayenne SUV, will at now offer a couple of pricey versions of a vehicle that looks to some extent like Porsche's Panamera.
As the company launches its first production electric vehicles, Porsche isn't focusing on Tesla, the German automaker's said.
We do not consider Tesla to be a direct rival. It's not our aspiration to be the leader in electric range" Rather, Porsche plans to concentrate on making batteries lighter, smaller in size, and ready to recharge and go all the more rapidly-Michael Steiner, R&D Manager
The Porsche Taycan falls behind the Tesla Model S when it comes to the driving range. While the Model S can efficiently run for more than 300 miles of range, the best EPA figure for the Taycan is right now 201 miles. That is the rating for the mid-spec Taycan Turbo model. The base Taycan 4S could restore a superior range figure (none of the statistics has been discharged up until now), yet likely won't be able to catch up with the Model S.
The Taycan has been built with more focus placed on the performance rather than the practicality. Porsche imported electronic driver aids from its gasoline-powered vehicles and picked to leave out the reliable regenerative braking utilized in other electric cars. The Taycan appeared to pull in noteworthy enthusiasm from already Tesla drivers at first, with Porsche even announcing that some early-reservation people previously had a Tesla in their garages already.
The cutting edge Porsche Macan, due in 2022, will offer an electric powertrain, making it a potential Tesla Model Y rival. In any case, Steiner said the Macan would likewise provide a gasoline-powered engine for whatever length of time their customers need it, and controllers permit it.
"We cannot expect electric mobility to advance in all regions at the same pace, so we currently anticipate that in specific segments, there will be a need to offer both a combustion engine and a full-electric or plug-in hybrid version in parallel-" Steiner.
Porsche has additionally followed Tesla's lead in building up its charging framework. Interestingly, they have named it the same too. Tesla has its Superchargers, while Porsche has Turbo Chargers.
The Porsche DC quick charging stations can charge the batteries to a solid 350 kilowatts, quite powerful, to be honest. The Taycan's 800-volt electrical architecture is the reason it is possible charging at that rate. Porsche has said the stations could provide for 100 kilometers (62 miles) of range in only five minutes.
Notwithstanding the Taycan and Macan hybrid, Porsche will also launch a Taycan Cross Turismo wagon. Offering more utility than a Model S, however tidier than a Model X, the Cross Turismo likely won't have an immediate Tesla contender.
On the off chance that that seems like a great deal, given that these are EVs, for example, the Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf sell for much under $50,000, well, welcome to Porsche. The priciest Panamera, hybrid four-door in a wagon like a form factor, comes in at almost $200,000. There are many different Porsches that touch the $100,000 mark.
"In our opinion, the kind of high battery capacities you might find installed in a Model S is not ideal in terms of sustainability. We believe in smaller, lighter, and, therefore, less expensive batteries that can be recharged more quickly. It's not our aspiration to be the leader in electric range." - Steiner.
These lines pretty much sum up the significant difference in the approach of the companies. And while the everyday Tesla driver might not worry about Nürburgring lap times, the Porsche owners certainly do.