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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Porsche Produces 100,000th Taycan EV


This Neptune Blue Porsche Taycan Turbo S destined to a customer in the United Kingdom is the 100,000th Taycan to roll off the Porsche plant in Zuffenhausen in Germany. The milestone was reached in just three years and despite the pandemic and the global parts situation.

“We are very pleased to have reached this milestone in production history so quickly – despite the recent challenges posed by the semiconductor shortage and the volatile Covid situation,” says Kevin Giek, Vice President Model Line Taycan. “With the Taycan, we have made a decidedly successful start in the electric age.”

Porsche revealed that the top three markets for the Taycan are the US, China, and the United Kingdom/Ireland.

Not only has the Taycan set the standard in areas of sustainability and digitalization, but also in its state-of-the-art production methods aswell. A high-tech production facility, featuring new technology and processes, has been built in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Artificial intelligence (AI) is used in the production of the electric powertrains, for example. Thanks to ‘machine learning’, for instance, camera systems assess quality even more precisely than conventional non-AI monitoring systems when stamping the drive number and pre-assembling the gearbox. This also reduces the workload of production staff, as they have to do less follow-up checking. One example from the area of resource-conserving processes and technology is the recuperation of energy from robots. As with the Taycan, kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy during braking processes and is stored with the help of a high-performance capacitor. If the robot accelerates, the recuperated energy is put to use.

It’s not only in production that the Taycan has quickly reached the 100,000 mark. It’s a magic number in terms of mileage, too, with many customers having already covered far more than 100,000 kilometers in the electric sports car.

Jean-Hubert Revolon, for example, has already driven more than 188,119 kilometers in his Taycan 4S since mid-August 2020. The transport entrepreneur lives in the Lyon area and has already driven his Porsche in almost all of France’s neighboring countries, covering daily distances of up to 1,200 kilometers.

His reasons for buying the car were its design and “the technical innovations, which are good for the environment as well as my budget because of the low running costs,” he says. Other strengths, in his opinion, are the car’s performance and suspension, which offer “fiendishly good grip and maximum agility, something only the wizards at Porsche can manage.” Moreover, the 43-year-old says none of his many cars have ever been as reliable as his Taycan 4S. Only one suspension sensor has needed to be replaced so far.

Guillaume Takvorian is another of the kilometer kings. When the mileage on the speedometer of his Taycan 4S reached six digits, he documented it with his mobile phone. At the time of the photo shoot, his Porsche had driven 113,977 kilometers – with more to come.

The pharmacist from Marseille acquired the Volcano Grey sports sedan on a whim in June 2020. “Porsche Toulon had just taken delivery of a Taycan. After a test drive, I immediately decided on this model,” he smiles. On business, he drives the Taycan 4S mainly in the south of France. “The longest drive was from Marseille to Megève in the Savoy Alps. The 440-kilometer journey was uphill all the way, which of course increases power consumption. So, I stopped off at Porsche Grenoble and charged my Taycan free of charge,” recalls the 41-year-old. Apart from a noisy fan wheel, which was replaced under warranty, he’s had no problems all this time.

Markus Kreutel, on the other hand, mainly uses fast charging stations to top up his battery – and no wonder, given daily distances of up to 1,500 kilometers. Between February 2021 and August 2022, the Porsche employee covered exactly 134,911 kilometers in his company car, a Taycan Turbo. Kreutel is the Head of Body Planning at Porsche and is therefore responsible for the body in white production in Zuffenhausen, Leipzig and Bratislava. And as the CEO of Porsche Toolmaking, he also looks after that division’s sites in Schwarzenberg, Dubnica and Horna Streda. As a result, he frequently travels from Porsche’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen to Slovakia or the Ore Mountains.

In addition to its long-distance capabilities, secure roadholding even in bad weather, and precise handling, Kreutel praises the lower running costs compared to a combustion-engined model. And he’s a fan of the build quality and durability, too: the white Taycan has withstood the rigors well, even after more than 100,000 kilometers. Both visually and technically: “The battery still had 91 percent of its original capacity,” says Kreutel. And again, the only problem has been a minor one, when the plastic cover on the tailgate lock came off.

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