Porsche Taycan is a new electric vehicle from the car manufacturer that hopes to be unlike any electric car before it. Porsche wants this to be in line with what the company has always been known for: fast, sleek, and high-performing.
There's no lack of first drives and ride alongs of the Taycan. The automaker has been on a marketing blitz lately, making sure nearly every publisher has access to the car in one way or another. The overall verdict is that the Taycan is the pure electrification of Porsche's DNA. The automaker has been using hybrid drives for years now in its race cars, sports cars and SUVs. Battery packs are nothing new to it. But ditching the internal combustion is something altogether different for the company, and it required a sort of rethinking of how a car is built the Porsche way.
When Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept four years ago it wanted to make sure that it was doing more than just showing off a design study. It wanted to announce to the world that it had every intention of creating a Porsche EV without compromise. A single concept car is tough to build, a production vehicle that deviates from your main source of propulsion is tricky and incredibly expensive.
The automaker is spending six billion euros to develop electric vehicles. That money includes making huge adjustments to its factory in Stuttgart, Germany. That involves, among other things, a new assembly line, body and paint shop in the already crowded facility. Unfortunately, those two new areas require a conveyor belt to move the vehicles from one area to another. Porsche says that line is 911 meters long, because of course it is.
"(It was) something like an open heart surgery. But as of today, we can say it was successful. We're currently ramping up the production," Porsche VP Product Line Taycan Stefan Weckbach said.
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