The German brand is deadly serious about electric cars and the Taycan will be the first Porsche to be driven solely by electricity.
Electric vehicles first started to appear in the mid-19th century and Porsche like others are fully committed to a strategy which will see more than 50% of their new models delivered from 2025 being electrified and by the end of the same year the Taycan will be launched.
Strictly speaking, the Taycan will be the first-ever Porsche to be fully powered by electric but it was Austrian automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche, who had already given serious thought to electrified cars with the Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton (known as P1) and the Lohner-Porsche.
“The design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.”
It’s reported their German competitors VW, are also looking to add 22 million electric cars to an already over-crowded network, which like its counterpart is 50 per cent more than its previous goal.
Whilst powertrain development is surging ahead, historic problems still remain a concern, such as high cost and battery range/life which ultimately lead to the worldwide decline of their use.
Those challenges are being given solutions such as the new Taycan and its 800-volt technology which provides a range of approximately 500 kilometres or 310 miles and battery recharging of an impressive four minutes, providing enough energy to travel 100 kilometres or 62 miles.
First Porsche design was electric
In 1898, Ferdinand Porsche presented the “Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, model C.2 Phaeton” (known as “P1”), its first design of a car. The “P1” was one of the first cars registered in Austria and took to the streets of Vienna on June 26, 1898. Porsche recorded the code “P1” (Porsche number 1) on all the key components, thus giving the electric vehicle his unofficial name.
It was both compact and extremely modern at the time weighing only 130 kilograms and offering a whopping 3HP which could increase up to 5HP for short periods of time if needed, allowing the P1 to reach an eye-watering speed of 35 km/h.
The 1900 Lohner-Porsche
Now referred to as the Lohner-Porsche, this was the second of the dual designed electric vehicles by Ferdinand Porsche. Unveiled in the midst of 75,000 exhibitors at the World Fair in Paris 1900, the motto was aptly termed “The achievements of the century.”
Looking almost carriage like the innovative and revolutionary design boasted front wheels that housed an electric motor with a weight of 115kilos and a power of 2.5HP at 120rpm. The system acted much like a DC motor without requiring hefty transmission and gears, thus achieving an efficiency of 83%, which was completely unheard of at the time.
Power came from a 44-cell lead-acid battery, with 300 amps and 80 volts, which in turn offered 24 Kwh and weighed around 410 kilograms. The Lohner-Porsche had 50 kilometres or 31 miles range and reached a continuous maximum speed of 37 km/h and could even reach up to 50 km/h for a staggering 20 minutes.
A special competition version of the Lohner-Porsche participated in a test held in London on November 6 1900.
Ferdinand Porsche developed a special competition version of the Lohner-Porsche for EW Hart, a noble racing fan. The car had an extra two motors added to the rear axle, becoming the first ‘all-wheeled‘ driven car. Unfortunately, the 1,800-kilo weight increase limited the top speed to around 60km/h.