New 2021 fully electric Porsche sports car arrives in PH
Two years ago, in simultaneous events held on three continents, German luxury automaker Porsche, unveiled the Taycan, a battery-powered, zero-emission sport sedan.
It was touted as Porsche’s best bet to slingshot itself into the electric future. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG recalled that in 2019, the company sent out a key signal with the debut of our first all-electric sports car. “We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility—by 2025, half of all the new vehicles we will deliver will have an electrified drive, either fully electric or plug-in hybrid. The future belongs to electric mobility.”
This year, the Philippine market is lucky to have the latest version of the Taycan (2021) that now boasts of fresh styling and interior features, yet retaining Porsche sports car performance.
Porsche Philippines said deliveries of the groundbreaking fully electric Taycan has surpassed forecasts, and the introduction of a new version is seen to further strengthen demand for this fascinating high-performance four-door sports car.
Distinguishing the latest model are 20-inch Taycan Turbo Aero wheels and black anodized brake calipers. The sports car’s front apron, side sills and rear diffuser are finished in black. Fitted as standard are LED headlights, as well as six-piston brakes in front and four-piston brakes at the rear. With the legendary Porsche 911’s classic rear-engine/rear-drive layout in mind, the new Taycan has a Permanent magnet Synchronous Motor (PSM) on the rear axle and continues to boast of acceleration and handling performance typical of Porsche sports cars.
Integrated into the new Taycan is the Porsche 4D Chassis Control that analyzes and synchronizes all chassis systems in real time. The latest model is equipped with adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology, which is supplemented by the Porsche Active Suspension Management, or PASM, electronic damper control system.
Unique cabin features
The new Taycan’s cabin now has a 4+1 seating layout. The car’s cockpit is defined by a 16.8-inch free-standing curved instrument cluster, a central 10.9-inch infotainment display, and another display for the front passenger—an optional equipment which Porsche Philippines ordered for the new Taycan.
Also included among the numerous cabin features are comfort seats in front with 14-way power adjustment; Bose Surround Sound; four-zone climate control; Park Assist with a reverse camera; an ionizer to clean up the air in the cabin; ambient lighting; and Porsche Electric Sport Sound, which modulates the natural sound emitted by the car’s electric powertrain. Located in front and the rear of the Taycan are spacious luggage compartments.
The PSM on the new Taycan’s rear axle gets a two-speed transmission as well as a Performance Battery. The powertrain operates on an 800-volt system structure instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars, ensuring consistent high performance, short charging times, and less weight and space for the system’s cabling.
In the new Taycan, the combination produces up to 402hp, enabling the fully electric sports car to accelerate from a standing start to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and to reach a top speed of 230 km/h.
The battery is located in the underbody of the Taycan, which contributes to a low center of gravity and, thus, sporty driving traits. The battery housing is a load-bearing component of the body structure, accommodating cooling and electronic components and protecting them from the environment. It is waterproof, sandwiched between a cover on top and a bulkhead plate at the bottom. The battery frame is made of aluminum, to keep the weight low.
Innovative charging solutions
Thanks to the 800-volt system, the latest Taycan can be charged from 5 percent to 80 percent in under 30 minutes when using a 175 kW DC charger. When fully charged, the driving range can go as high up to 431 kilometers—that’s roughly driving from Manila to Vigan City in Ilocos Sur—under ideal conditions (according to WLTP standards). Further helping the driving range is the Taycan’s aerodynamics, which allows for a slippery 0.22 coefficient of drag value.
Porsche studies reveal the majority of Taycan owners charge their cars overnight at home, reflecting other global research data which shows that around 80 percent of electric vehicle owners use residential-charging solutions because of the convenience these offer.
Porsche Philippines informed that the Taycan can be comfortably charged at home via the Porsche Mobile Charger Connect, which comes as standard.
Like all Taycan variants, the new model has two charging ports located in each of its front fenders. To be plugged into either of the ports is the Porsche Mobile Charger Connect, which is currently set up locally for up to 11 kW but in the future will be available for up to 22 kW of alternating current (AC). The port on the right fender can be used for direct current (DC) charging. Both charging ports are covered by electrically operated doors that slide open or close via a simple hand gesture, a special feature specified by Porsche Philippines.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.