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More than 20,000 deposits placed for Porsche Taycan EV

Porsche’s first electric vehicle (EV), the Taycan, has already amassed more than 20,000 prospective buyers since it was announced last year.

The car isn’t available for pre-order yet, but customers have placed a £2,160 (2,500 EUR) deposit to register their interest.

A production version of the Taycan will be presented in September.

The Taycan will be available with two battery sizes, with the entry-level version expected to be priced from £86,500 (100,000 EUR).

So far, buyers have only seen the Mission E Concept, which was unveiled in Spring 2018.

The Taycan is expected to be powered by two electric motors producing more than 600PS. Depending on battery size, it should cover more than 300 miles on a single charge and provide a 0-60mph acceleration time of less than 3.5 seconds.

“The overwhelming interest in the Taycan shows us that our customers and fans are just as excited about the first Porsche electric athlete as we are – and we’ve therefore increased our production capacities,” said Detlev von Platen, member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG.

“The Taycan will be the most sporting and most technically advanced vehicle in its segment – a true Porsche,” he added.

Porsche plans to invest more than six billion euro in electromobility by 2022, doubling the expenditure that the company had originally planned.

Of the additional three billion Euro, some 500 million Euro will be used for the development of Taycan variants and derivatives, around one billion euro for electrification and hybridisation of the existing product range, several hundred million for the expansion of production sites, plus around 700 million Euro for new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.

At the Porsche headquarters in Zuffenhausen, a new paint shop, dedicated assembly area for the Taycan and a conveyor bridge for transporting the painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area are currently being constructed.

The existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drives and the body shop will also be developed. Investment is also planned for the Weissach Development Centre.

Production of the Taycan is creating around 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen alone.

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