First Porsche’s electric car aimed for production next year demonstrates several impressive technological breakthroughs.
Porsche claims that they will have put Taycan drive units through severe millions of test kilometers until the launch of mass production. The vehicle will be equipped with two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM), that had already been put through a serious challenge – the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning 919 Hybrid race prototype has the same electric motors on board.
PSM’s main feature is the combination of high performance output and fairly small size – two motors’ total output counts for over 600 hp, while its size and low weight allows to deploy a more efficient battery pack.
While developing the battery pack Porsche followed the idea that the range is one of the most important criteria for EV buyers. Such assumption leads to an estimated range of 500 km or 310 miles of range on a single charge.
Another great thing about Taycan batteries is the charging speed. Porsche engineers had to work hard to allow the fast charging rate and safe discharging in a wide temperature range. The challenge solutions are the intelligent charging protocol and efficient heat exchanger system allowing for fast batteries heat up and reliable cooling under extreme load.
Porsche’s 800-volt charging system reaches the capacity of 350 kW – such power should add up to 400 kilometers in roughly 15 minutes of charging. The automaker confirmed using a CCS standard. In Europe Porsche is a part of Ionity project deploying ultra-fast chargers across the region, and next year the automakers claim to deploy 500 chargers in North America.
Now Porsche is reportedly preparing for the series production. First mass-produced Taycan units should leave the factory in late 2019, whilt the planned annual production is 20,000 cars.