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March 10, 2019,   3:40 PM

Porsche To Accelerate Its First E-Car Production After Getting Over 20,000 Pre-orders

Nermeen Abbas


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Porsche is increasing production capacities of its first electric car, the Porsche Taycan, as more than 20,000 people around the world have already registered to join a list of prospective buyers.

However, the vehicle will not be presented to the public until September and its final design is not yet known. Market launch is scheduled to take place before the end of the year.

“The overwhelming interest in the Taycan shows us that our customers and fans are just as excited about the first Porsche electric athlete as we are,” said Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG.

It is not yet possible to pre-order the Taycan, but for €2,500 people can register their interest in buying one as part of a depositor program.

The vehicle will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds. It will have a range of more than 500 kilometers as measured in accordance with the NEDC.

It will be possible to add sufficient charge for a range of 100 kilometers in just four minutes. The electric car will be offered with two battery sizes.

The Taycan's entry-level version with smaller battery will start at under €100,000, according to Porsche's CEO, Oliver Blume.

Porsche has previously expected a price somewhere between a Cayenne and a Panamera; the Cayenne starts at just under $66,000, while the Panamera starts at $85,000, so the Taycan might be starting at the $75,000 range.

Automobile manufacturers are racing to catch up with the e-cars trend, with new models being launched by prestigious brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Jaguar, in addition to electric-car company Tesla.

Electro-mobility helps reduce the CO2 emissions from transport, which comes in line with the EU instructions. On November 8, 2017, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal setting new CO2 emission standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) in the European Union for the period after 2020.

Average emissions of the EU fleet of new cars in 2030 will have to be 30% lower than in 2021. For the EU fleet of new vans in 2030, the reduction also amounts to 30%.

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