Porsche Philippines has just confirmed that their most important model this year has arrived. And it comes without an engine in the boot, or anywhere else for that matter.
Yes, the Taycan, Porsche's full electric 4-door sports car, is now available at Porsche Center Philippines for customers who want to experience electric driving pleasure.
The Taycan has had a long and groundbreaking development story at Porsche, having first been shown to the market in concept form as the Porsche Mission E in 2015. After years of development and testing, Porsche launched the production model, the Taycan, at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show.
While Porsche does have hybrid-electric models, the Taycan is Porsche's first production model that doesn't have an internal combustion engine. Instead, this model relies on permanent magnet, synchronous motors that drive each axle, making the Taycan an electric all-wheel drive sports car.
To run the motors, the Taycan has a 93 kWh, 630 kilogram power storage unit that is positioned low on the frame and actually serves as a structural component. The system runs at about 800 volts and can propel the electric Porsche from 0-100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds in the standard variant of the Taycan that has 408 PS, while the most powerful 761 PS Taycan Turbo S can do the sprint in just 2.8 seconds.
The question remains: what about charging? Given that there isn't a widespread availability of electric vehicle charging stations or infrastructure, it will be difficult to go far with the Taycan, even though several versions of the car can achieve over 400 km on a single charge under WLTP test cycles.
The lack of infrastructure is something Porsche Philippines is actively addressing, and so they partnered with ABB for a charging system. The Taycan Turbo S can use a high-power ABB DC Charger that will provide the car with up to 175 kW of power. Porsche says its the first charger of its type in the Philippines. Porsche says it can achieve an 80% charge in 30 minutes, which would be good for about 300 kilometers of driving.
Every Taycan will come standard with a Porsche Mobile Charger Connect, which is effectively a charger that you can plug into any compatible household socket (i.e. in your garage). The quickest full charging time can be achieved using an industrial socket, enabling owners to charge their Taycans overnight or about 9 hours.
Porsche Philippines says the Taycan will come in three variants, chief of which is the Turbo S. In typical Porsche procedure, prices aren't officially released for these models as the final pricing depends largely on a lot of external factors (i.e. exchange rates). We're still waiting on more information from Porsche Philippines regarding other variants, but if you're interested, you can always give them a call or visit the Porsche Center on EDSA as they are more than enthusiastic to show you the vehicle in person.