The Porsche Taycan isn’t the German manufacturer’s first electric car. It actually produced its very first EV, the 1898 P1, 121 years ago.
That makes the Taycan is Porsche’s first modern electric vehicle.
During the Taycan drive in Innsbruck, Austria, I had a short chat with Michael Stange, Manager for the Taycan Complete Vehicle Product Line.
Will you make an electric 911?
The 911 will always have a combustion engine. It will be the last car to have a combustion engine. But we are trying a hybrid concept for it, but nothing has been firmed up yet.
Will it have a super capacitor instead of a battery?
Why not a paddle shift for recuperation?
A: Because we wanted the car to be easy to drive.
Why not cameras instead of wing mirror?
A: A camera and LCD screen would negate the savings of not having wing mirrors because these things consume power.
You are already working on your next electric platform?
A: Yes, the PPE (Premium Platform Electric, which it shares with Audi). It may have in-hub motors. But you know, in-hub motors will have their own challenges, such as high unsprung weight and inertia.
When did Porsche look at making an electric car in recent years?
A: We experimented eight years ago by converting three Boxsters. It proved that it’s possible to make an electric car that drives like a Porsche.