The Porsche Taycan Electric Saloon: The Complete Guide For India

Porsche Taycan Electric Saloon

Electric Cars: The Basics


For those of you new to zero-emission electric driving, we recommend a read of the following articles:

For those keen on an overview of the Indian electric vehicle (EV) market and the benefits of zero-emission electric driving, simply scroll down to the end of the article!


The Porsche Taycan Electric Saloon


Stuttgart based Porsche is known for high-performance cars and is currently owned by the Volkswagen Group. Porsche has always had a close relationship with the Volkswagen Group, because the iconic VW Beetle was designed by Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of Porsche. Apart from this, both VW and Porsche have collaborated on a number of platforms, to include, the Porsche Cayenne SUV. Porsche currently has the following electric vehicles (EVs) in its portfolio:

The Porsche Taycan battery electric vehicle (BEV) was initially previewed as the Mission E concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015. Taycan (Turkish) translates as ‘lively young horse’ in reference to the ‘leaping horse’ in the Porsche crest (Porsche confirmed the name in 2017).

The Taycan prototype did make an appearance at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed (2019). Taycan has taken inspiration from both the Porsche Panamera and the Porsche 911.  The Taycan is built on an entirely new platform codenamed J1. Projected production of 40,000 units per year.

As one can expect, a Porsche never disappoints when it comes to performance. The Taycan EV is no different. Given the instant torque from a pure electric car, a Taycan can comfortably achieve 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds. But of course, luxury and performance from this famed marquee does not come cheap.

The electric vehicle (EV) is without an iota of doubt, stunning in design, style, quality and performance. But it has its limitations in terms of interior space, to include the limited headroom for rear seat passengers and small boot. Having said that, the pure electric Taycan is exhilarating to drive and perfect for consumers that want to own a Porsche, but with stronger environmental credentials!

All-Electric Porsche Taycan India
The All-Electric Porsche Taycan (credit:Porsche)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Saloon
Engine:Electric
Available In India:No

Trims (8 Options)
Taycan
Taycan 4 Cross Turismo
Taycan 4S
Taycan 4S Cross Turismo
Taycan Turbo
Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo
Taycan Turbo S
Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

PROSCONS
Fantastic looking, luxurious and comfortableExpensive. Cheaper pure electric alternatives available
Powerful and fast electric performanceElectric range not as good as other EVs
DC charging up to 270 kWLimited space in the rear and boot

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery size: 79.2 kWh (performance battery) and 93.4 kWh (performance battery plus)
Charging:Up to 270 kW DC rapid charging. On-board charger 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1394 – 1395
Width (mm):1966
Length (mm):4963
Wheelbase (mm):2900

Taycan
EV Battery Capacity:79.2 kWh / 93.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):220-268 miles (combined-performance battery)/ 253-301 miles (combined-performance battery plus)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):Up to 25.4
Charging:270 kW-225 kW DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:143 mph
0-60 mph:5.1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):240 KW – 280 kW
Max Power (PS):326 – 380
Torque (Nm):345 – 357
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:4
Unladen Weight EC (kg):2,125 – 2,205
Colours:17

Taycan 4 Cross Turismo
EV Battery Capacity:93.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):242-283 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):Up to 25.4
Charging:270 kW DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:137 mph
0-60 mph:4.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):280 kW
Max Power (PS):380
Torque (Nm):500
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:4
Unladen Weight EC (kg):2,320
Colours:17

Taycan 4S
EV Battery Capacity:79.2 kWh / 93.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):208-258 miles (combined-performance battery)/ 242-288 miles (combined-performance battery plus)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):Up to 26.0
Charging:225 kW (performance battery) – 270 kW (performance battery plus) DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:155 mph
0-60 mph:3.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):320 KW – 360 kW
Max Power (PS):435 – 490
Torque (Nm):640 – 650
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:4
Unladen Weight EC (kg):2,215 – 2,295
Colours:17

Taycan 4S Cross Turismo
EV Battery Capacity:93.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):241-281 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):Up to 26.4
Charging:270 kW DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:149 mph
0-60 mph:3.9 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):360 kW
Max Power (PS):490
Torque (Nm):650
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:4
Unladen Weight EC (kg):2,320
Colours:17

Taycan Turbo
EV Battery Capacity:93.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):238-281 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):Up to 26.6
Charging:270 kW DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:161 mph
0-60 mph:3.0 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):460 kW
Max Power (PS):625
Torque (Nm):850
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:4
Unladen Weight EC (kg):2,380
Colours:17

Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo
EV Battery Capacity:93.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):245-281 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):Up to 25.9
Charging:270 kW DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:155 mph
0-60 mph:3.1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):460 kW
Max Power (PS):625
Torque (Nm):850
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:4
Unladen Weight EC (kg):2,395
Colours:17

Taycan Turbo S
EV Battery Capacity:93.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):242-258 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):Up to 25.6
Charging:270 kW DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:162 mph
0-60 mph:2.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):460 kW
Max Power (PS):625
Torque (Nm):1,050
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:4
Unladen Weight EC (kg):2,370
Colours:17

Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo
EV Battery Capacity:93.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):241-260 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):Up to 26.4
Charging:270 kW DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:155 mph
0-60 mph:2.7 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):460 kW
Max Power (PS):625
Torque (Nm):1,050
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:4
Doors:4
Unladen Weight EC (kg):2,395
Colours:17

All-Electric Porsche Taycan India
The All-Electric Porsche Taycan (credit:Porsche)

All-Electric Porsche Taycan India
The All-Electric Porsche Taycan (credit:Porsche)

All-Electric Porsche Taycan India
The All-Electric Porsche Taycan (credit:Porsche)

All-Electric Porsche Taycan India
The All-Electric Porsche Taycan (credit:Porsche)

India Electric Vehicle (EV) Market


India, like many other countries, is well positioned to benefit from the shift to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving. Road transportation is a major contributor to air pollution (over 30%), choking our towns, cities and villages across India. Diesel vehicles, in particular, diesel trucks and diesel buses, are significant sources for tailpipe emissions. But given the rise in the standard of living, since liberalisation, the demand for privately owned passenger cars has increased at an unprecedented pace, further worsening the air quality. India has more than 3 crores (30 million) cars releasing tailpipe emissions on its roads!

Though we have seen some improvements in air quality during the ongoing pandemic (as a result of lower vehicle traffic), India’s shift to electric driving will be key in achieving long-term higher air quality. Of course, apart from EVs, the continued development of green and renewable energy infrastructure will be key in achieving lower long-term air pollution. India has already demonstrated global leadership in regards to large-scale solar and wind projects! Hopefully, India will replicate the success with zero-emission electric vehicles.

Despite recent announcements and support from local and national government agencies in India, the EV market is still at a nascent stage, well, at least in terms of electric cars and electric vans. Two-wheel electric scooters and three-wheel electric rickshaws (e-rickshaws) have demonstrated a strong uptake, and India is poised to become a global leader in electric scooters and electric rickshaws (e-tuk). In fact, the ubiquitous e-rickshaw commands an impressive 83% of the Indian electric vehicle market. India currently has over 15 lakhs (1.5 million) e-rickshaws, with each EV playing a role in reducing tailpipe emissions on our roads in India.

Sales of passenger electric cars is still at an early stage. In FY2021, though the market witnessed a growth of nearly 110% from the previous year, the absolute volume of cars sold was only 5,905 electric cars. Currently there are less that 15 pure electric car models available on sale in India.

Tata Motors, the biggest automotive manufacturer in India has launched the Tata Nexon electric SUV. Mahindra Electric, another leading Indian automotive manufacturer, has also launched a number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), to include, the Mahindra eVerito electric car, Mahindra eSupro electric van and Mahindra e2o Plus compact electric car. International manufacturers, like UK based MG Motors, have also launched the MG ZS electric SUV in India. Also available are the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV and the Hyundai Kona electric SUV.


Benefits Of Electric Driving


The benefits of electric driving are many, with significant advantageous over petrol and diesel internal combustion (ICE) engine cars, for all stakeholders. These benefits include:

  • Lower to zero-tailpipe emissions
  • Lower running costs
  • Lower taxes
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Lower noise pollution
  • Convenience of charging at home
  • Smoother drive
  • Instant torque for acceleration
  • Lower environmental impact

Below we have highlighted three of our favourite benefits of owning and driving an electric car.


Improved Air Quality


Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) or all-electric vehicles do not have tailpipe pollution. In fact, such electric cars do not even have a tailpipe! Zero-emission electric driving has a real and immediate impact on local air quality i.e. improving air quality. While, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have reduced tailpipe pollution compared to traditional petrol and diesel vehicles. The sooner we migrate to electric driving in India, the sooner we can improve air quality for all our cities, towns and villages. Lower air pollution will also result in a reduced number of health issues arising from inhaling toxic pollutants.


Lower Maintenance & Running Costs


Electric vehicles (EVs) are cheaper to maintain and drive. Pure electric cars have far fewer moving parts compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. The fewer the moving parts, the lower the probability of repair and maintenance. Moreover charging an electric car can cost as little Rs 50 per 100 kilometres! A full charge can cost between Rs 100 and Rs 200. Significantly cheaper than filling a tank of petrol or diesel!


Lower Noise Pollution


Yes, we in India are far more resilient to noise pollution than those living in the western world. We have certainly got used to horns blaring and engines roaring, day and night. But that does not mean we enjoy or welcome noise pollution. In fact, quite the opposite!

Though much focus has been on the advantageous of ‘air quality’ with an electric car, just as important, is the benefit of lower noise pollution. In fact, pure electric cars are silent, with an inbuilt ‘sound booster’ to increase road safety for pedestrians. As our cities in India and across the world become densely populated with cars, the significant negative impact on ‘quality of life’ as a result of increased noise pollution from petrol and diesel vehicles, is just as dangerous, as increased air pollution. Battery-electric cars are a perfect solution in reducing noise pollution and increasing the living standards for us all. Of course, one can only hope that the self inflicted ‘horn blaring’ pollution will also reduce!


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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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