Porsche Taycan EV outperforms the 911 sports activities automobile flagship
The fully electric Porsche Taycan Turbo.
Source: Porsche AG
The sale of the Porsche Taycan is a sign that motorists are increasingly preferring battery-electric models outperformed that of the company’s influential, high-performing 911 series, according to figures the company released on Friday.
The Taycan is the first battery-electric vehicle from Porsche and was presented in autumn 2019. In 1964, the company launched its high-performance 911 sports car.
According to a study by AlixPartners, electric vehicles now account for around 2% of all vehicle sales worldwide, and the company predicts that share will rise to around 24% by 2030. Governments around the world are incentivizing automakers to switch to all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, 16 national and sub-national governments had set goals by September of this year to completely end new sales or registration of internal combustion engine cars in the period 2025 to 2040. These include ten European countries as well as Canada, Costa Rica, Cape Verde, Singapore and the states of California and New York.
Deliveries of the Taycan reached 28,640 in the same period, and deliveries of the 911 sports car reached 27,972.
At the time of its debut, the Taycan, a four-door double motor sports car, was considered a high-priced competitor to Tesla’s newer Model S sedans.
While Tesla does not break down deliveries by model, Elon Musk’s electric vehicle manufacturer reported deliveries of around 13,180 Model S sedans and Model X sport utility vehicles in the first three quarters of 2021.
In July, Porsche launched a recall affecting around 43,000 Taycan vehicles after a software issue was discovered that caused some Taycan engines to suddenly fail. The company pushed for a software update to fix the problem, but owners had to take their cars to dealerships to get the solution instead of getting an over-the-air software update.
Porsche board member Klaus Rechberger said there were no known accidents caused by the problem.
In its statement on Friday, Porsche (which is part of the Volkswagen Group) also revealed that its Cayenne range of midsize luxury crossover sport utility vehicles continued to remain best-sellers for the company.
Cayenne deliveries reached 62,451 in the first three quarters of 2021, followed by the Macan with 61,944 deliveries. In addition to the all-electric Taycan, Porsche sells a number of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, but the company hasn’t released sales for every model.
The entire auto industry is affected by the scarcity of semiconductor chips and the ongoing pandemic this year.
In the Friday declaration from Porsche to the shareholders, Detlev von Platen, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG, is quoted as saying:
“The order books are well filled and again fill us with optimism and enthusiasm as we near the end of the year rush. However, the coronavirus situation remains dynamic and we face challenges in sourcing semiconductors. For these reasons, we are to keep a very close eye on current developments in order to be able to continue to react flexibly. “