Why Porsche already has 30,000 reservations for the Taycan, its sleek-looking Tesla rival
Reported by Mark Matousek
Porsche has received 30,000 reservations for the electric Taycan sports car, Porsche human-resources manager Andreas Haffner recently told the German publication Handelsblatt.
"There are 30,000 orders for the Taycan," she said.
Handelsblatt reported that the reservations require a deposit of around R40,000. A Porsche representative told Business Insider that over 20,000 people worldwide have shown "serious interest" in buying a Taycan, but noted that those people have only put themselves on a list of potential customers through a Porsche dealership. Putting your name on the list does not require a deposit, the representative said.
In March, Porsche said it was increasing production of the Taycan due to high demand. Deliveries for the Taycan, Porsche's first all-electric production vehicle, will begin near the end of this year.
Here's what we know about the vehicle.
The Taycan will be Porsche's first all-electric production vehicle.
Porsche has said it will have over 600 horsepower and the ability to accelerate from 0-100 kph in less than 3.5 seconds.
The Taycan will have a range of over 500km per charge and the ability to get over 100km of range from a four-minute charge, according to Porsche.
Porsche has said the interior will have a number of high-tech features, like a digital instrument panel that mirrors the driver's movements and a dashboard drivers can control with gestures through a holographic display.
The Taycan's lithium-ion battery will run along the entire length of the car to create an even distribution of weight, Porsche has said.
Deliveries for the Taycan will begin near the end of 2019. It's expected to start around $90,000 (R1.3 million) in the US, according to The Drive.
Source: The Drive
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