There’s a good chance you’ve been pronouncing the name of Porsche’s first ever EV wrong.
Porsche was clearly tired of hearing people incorrectly pronouncing its name, so it released a video clearly explaining the correct way to pronounce “Porsche” (remember, it’s “Por-Sher”) last year. Now, the German automaker has released a very similar video educating people about the proper way to pronounce the name of its first ever pure electric vehicle, the Taycan, to clear up any confusion before it goes on sale. The 18-second long video confirms the correct pronunciation is “Tie-Kahn,” not “Tay-Kan,” as many of us probably assumed. That’s that cleared up, then.
If you were wondering about the origins of the Taycan name, it’s derived from two Turkish words: “tay”, meaning spirited young horse, and “can”, which stands for soul. It took Porsche’s marketing experts a year and a half to decide the name after hundreds of suggestions, but Taycan was chosen because it represents something “lively, impetuous, vigorous, light-footed on long stretches without tiring, and free-spirited.” Porsche could have easily used another alphanumerical name, but such an important car in the automaker's history deserves a brand new name.
As the company’s first ever EV, the Taycan will mark the start of an important new era for Porsche as the electric sedan will be competing directly against Tesla Model S. Power will be provided by two permanent asynchronous electric motors on each axle delivering a combined output of 600 hp. This will be enough power to enable the electric sedan to hit 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds and 124 mph in just 12 seconds.
Porsche also claims the Taycan will have an electric driving range of at least 310 miles between charges thanks to a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 95 kilowatt hours, which can be charged up to 80 percent in 15 minutes using a 350-kW fast charger.