Porsche continues the development of the Taycan, the company’s first series-production electric model, with the most recent spotted test cars losing some of their camouflage and featuring what appears to look like the final production lights all around and alloy wheels.
It’s easy to spot the stickers around the LED headlights now, which will remain close to the slim design of the concept while the rear end gets a LED stripe that runs across the width of the vehicle and is neatly tucked under the integrated spoiler.
The wheels feature a distinctive design that most likely helps the Taycan’s aero efficiency while and despite Porsche’s insisting on putting fake exhaust pipes on its test cars, you can clearly spot the flap for the charging port mounted on the front right fender.
The German car maker has been testing the future Model S rival at the Nurburgring, as their goal is to make the Taycan drive and feel like a Porsche. The Taycan will also offer a lower center of gravity than the 911, thanks to its floor-mounted battery pack.
Details about the battery so far have been scarce, with the pack to feature an active water cooling system and a pair of “permanently excited syncronous motors” that will prevent the Taycan from performance degradation, even after multiple hard launches.
Porsche promises that when their new all-electric four-door model arrives in the market, it will offer over 310 miles of driving range (500km) per the NEDC, and a combined output of over 592hp (600PS) from the two electric motors. 0-62mph (100km/h) will come in less than 3.5 seconds and if you keep your foot pinned down, you’ll see 124mph (200km/h) coming in less than 12 seconds.
More importantly, Porsche has also started rolling out its network of 800-Volt DC Fast Chargers, which the company calls Turbo Charging stations. The company says that the Taycan will be able to charge up to 80 percent of its battery in just 15 minutes when hooked up to one of its Turbo Charging stations.
Porsche has plans to install 500 stations across the US by the second half of 2019, starting from its dealerships and along major highways. Unlike Tesla, the German car maker will make its charging infrastructure compatible with electric vehicles from other manufacturers too.
Expect Porsche to reveal the battery-electric Taycan in the middle of 2019, with sales set to begin in 2020.