Porsche’s first electric car to shoot out of the showroom in 2019

The 600bhp battery-powered Taycan will be able to accelerate to 62mph in under 3.5 seconds

By Jonny Bairstow

Porsche has announced it is to launch its first electric car in 2019.

It claims the 600bhp battery-powered Taycan will be able to accelerate to 62mph in under 3.5 seconds and drive for 310 miles between charges, all while producing no emissions.

The automaker says the sports car will use two ‘permanently excited’ synchronous motors, which are seen as the turbochargers of electric motoring, to generate a constant rotary motion that can be applied at any time without needing to be started.

It currently forecasts production rates of twenty thousand units a year, equivalent to roughly two-thirds of the current sales figures for the 911.

Porsche says it wants to shift to electromobility before all other German auto manufacturers and by 2025 aims for every second Porsche sold to have an an electric drive unit.

To achieve this, the firm, which already uses 100% green energy at its German production facilities, has committed to investing €6 billion (£5.3bn) in electromobility before 2022.