Porsche Australia recently confirmed they are now taking orders for the much-awaited first all-electric Porsche sports car, the Taycan which arrives here in December.
They also announced pricing for the three model grades will be; The Taycan 4S starting at $191,000, the Taycan Turbo from $269,100 and the Taycan Turbo S from $339,100.
If you forget about the fact that these all-electric cars don’t actually have turbo’s, the figures for the top of the range Taycan Turbo S are extremely impressive. Apologies
for all the numbers and technical jargon to follow, but this car produces up to 560 kW / 761 PS (horsepower) of overboost power, coupled with a two-speed transmission and powered by a 79.2 kWh Performance Battery in combination with Launch Control. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, top speed in excess of 260km/hour and has a reported range of 405 km when the battery is fully charged.
As one of the biggest perceived obstacles for electric cars in Australia, is our countries physical size and the inability to recharge electric vehicles on the run, so what I do find interesting, and refreshing is the way Porsche in particular have addressed this issue.
Following are excerpts from the Porsche PR department outlining charge options for the new Taycan:
Charging the Porsche Taycan in Australia
The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts, instead of the usual 400 volts for many electric cars. This enables consistent high performance, reduces the charging time and decreases the weight and installation space of the cabling. It also boasts a maximum peak charging capacity of 270 kW
(Performance battery Plus).
Australian models come with the Mobile Charger Connect as standard, providing intelligent charging functions as well as a Charging Cable (Mode 3) for use at AC public charging stations. For charging at 400 volt charging points, a 150 kW on-board DC-Charger is standard in Australia.
In Australia, owners will have several ways to charge their Taycan, including High
Performance Charging, Home Charging and Porsche Destination Charging.
High Performance Charging
Porsche Cars Australia has partnered with Chargefox, Australia’s largest EV charging
network operator. Taycan owners will receive a complimentary three year subscription to the Chargefox Ultra-Rapid DC charging network (up to 350 kW), and complimentary charging at selected Chargefox-managed Fast DC charging sites (mostly 50 kW) & .
The complimentary subscription period begins on delivery of the vehicle. Owners can download the Chargefox app via Google Play or Apple App Store.
When purchasing a Taycan in Australia, Porsche Centre sales consultants are able to arrange a Home Check service in order to determine installation requirements for charging at home. For that Porsche Centres have partnered with JET Charge who can deliver expert advice on home charging solutions.
The Home Energy Manager can dynamically optimise the charging process in terms of performance, time and costs. This standard specification item, correctly integrated into your domestic power network, continually monitors the power requirements of your Taycan and the available output of the power supply.
Porsche Destination Charging
When on the road, the Taycan, as well as Porsche plug-in hybrid models, benefits from the expanding Porsche Destination Charging network being installed across metro and regional sites.
Porsche Destination Chargers capable of AC charging are being installed across both metropolitan and regional sites giving owners access to complimentary charging of Porsche models.
Porsche Destination Charging will continue to be installed at premium lifestyle destinations such as luxury hotels, theatres and entertainment venues, restaurants, shopping precincts and cellar door locations.
Porsche owners are encouraged to visit the Porsche Destination Charging network section online to find charging locations as the network continues to grow. As chargers are activated they will be added to the ’charging at your destination’ section.
So if you find the charging options for the Taycan favourable and the price isn’t a deterrent, you may be interested in some of the other specification for the Australian delivered cars;
Australian Standard Specifications
Australian models gain a range of standard equipment in addition to worldwide standard specifications.
All three Taycan models come with a Porsche Charging Dock, a Mobile Charger Connect module, a charging cable for domestic sockets, two charging cables for industrial sockets and the Home Energy Manager to assist with the setup of efficient charging infrastructure at home.
In Australia, all Taycan models are equipped with the most up-to-date Public Charging hardware. This includes the 150 kW on-board DC-Charger, for use at 400 volt charging points, and a Mode 3 public charging cable compatible with the majority of AC charging networks already established in Australia.
In addition, all three model grades will be equipped with Surround View, Comfort Access, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, front seat ventilation, steering wheel heating, rear side airbags, electrically folding exterior mirrors, digital radio and privacy glazing.
Additional Australian standard equipment for the Taycan 4S includes 20-inch Taycan Sport Aero wheels, metallic paint, front seat heating, 14-way electric comfort seats, Auto-dimming mirrors as well as the BOSE Surround Sound system.
Furthermore, the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S will also gain driving dynamic and comfort features like Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) Sport, four-zone Advanced Climate Control and ambient lighting.
A three year comprehensive Porsche Connect Service Package with online functions and remote services will be standard across the Taycan range. This includes online navigation, Radio Plus, News, Weather, Calendar, Apple CarPlay, Remote Services and media streaming with up to six months complimentary Apple Music subscription @ .
All reports from people who have driven the Porsche Taycan are that it’s a very impressive car, and just the first of many mass-produced top end electric performance vehicles that are about to flood the world markets. …..
Check Mike Sinclair, who we feature this month as our Famous Last Words podcast, when earlier this year he had a test drive of the Porsche Taycan.