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The first battery-electric Porsche will inspire a flood of new zero-emission sports cars when its full production begins late in 2019. The first product of an astonishing €6bn investment programme between now and the end of 2022, the Taycan will be smaller than the current Panamera and will be priced between the big lift-back and the Cayenne SUV. Porsche has already announced that the Taycan (pronounced “tie-can”) will be spun off into at least one other model (shown at this year’s Geneva motor show as the Audi Allroad-style Mission E Cross Turismo concept, but it will also be made in both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive). The Taycan will be built in right-hand drive from the start of production, and its design is faithful to the Mission E concept car, with the most notable change being the addition of a conventional B-pillar to improve its crash performance. The Taycan has already reached its second level of pilot-build production in the same hall that produced the 918 Spyder,...

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