Porsche boosts Taycan manufacturing, mulls hybrid loaners, as reservations wow

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Porsche boosts Taycan manufacturing, mulls hybrid loaners, as reservations wow

Earlier this year, word surfaced that Porsche was doubling production from 20,000 units to 40,000 units due to overwhelmingly strong demand. Now, we have a more tangible idea of that demand, and it's impressive.

Porsche has already gathered more than 20,000 pre-orders.

Doubtless the launch Taycan will be the most powerful iteration, delivering enough electric power to scoot to 62mph in not much more than 3.0 seconds, but we know Porsche is intent on keeping familiar nomenclature - the Taycan as an entry-level, a Taycan 4S and a Taycan Turbo - to deliver a range of cars likely spanning the £70-140k band. It might not be the same price for every market, but it shows people are willing to put their money where their mouths are. While that was nothing more than a rumor, Porsche has since confirmed plans to boost Taycan production, though the company didn't disclose exact figures.

Over 20,000 people have made a reservation of around $2,800 for the vehicle, Porsche said, which will arrive by the end of 2019.

In 2018, Porsche's head of electric vehicles, Stefan Weckbach, said the Taycan will be able to sustain its performance better than the Model S. The Taycan "will offer reproducible performance and a top speed which can be maintained for long periods", he said. Porsche has previously said that its first all-electric auto will boast a range of 310 miles and will be able to go from 0-62 MPH in just 3.5 seconds.

According to preliminary data, the energy level of the onboard battery would be sufficient for a cruising range of 500 km, but these data were obtained during measurements on obsolete cycle NEDC.

The first purely electrically powered sports vehicle from Porsche, the Taycan, is enjoying significant attention worldwide.

The Taycan will compete against Tesla's Model S sedan. Therefore, we are increasing our production capacity.

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