The official name of the Porsche Mission E is the… Porsche Taycan

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Official: Porsche Taycan is the production name for the Mission E EV

The first signal from Porsche that it was to build a fully electric vehicle came in 2015, when it showed off the Mission E concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Taycan has been dubbed the "Tesla-slayer" by some automotive journalists. We'll re-visit the Mission E's specs shortly, but for now you should know that Porsche's upcoming EV will not, in fact, be called the Mission E when it becomes available for purchase in 2019. Some of the spotted cars have been wearing exhaust exit surrounds that were fake and fitted to hide the car's identity.

Porsche makes different versions of all its cars, ranging from from fast to extremely fast, and it's expected to do the same with the Taycan. Porsche has also confirmed a sub-3.5 sec 0-100kph and a sub-12 sec 0-200kph acceleration time for the Taycan, but exact data has not been disclosed as yet.

Porsche has said it plans to double its investment in hybrid and fully electric vehicles to more than 6 billion euros (£5.2 billion) by 2022 as parent Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) seeks to overcome an emissions-cheating scandal and tap into growing demand for greener transportation. The variants, of which there is likely to be three, will vary from around 400bhp up to 600bhp. Automakers are spending billions as they face a period of unprecedented change - stricter environmental regulations are forcing them to offer more battery-powered vehicles even as combustion-engine cars still generate the vast majority of profits.

All-wheel drive is expected to be standard on all versions initially, but there is the possibility of Porsche launching a more affordable rear-wheel-drive edition in the future.

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Porsche has also shown a Mission E Cross Turismo concept, a wagon version of the electric auto.

The Taycan will compete against Tesla's Model S sedan.

Over-the-air updates will be possible on the Porsche Taycan, upgrading on-board infotainment systems and safety tech, but also offering to boost power if the customer wishes.

When the battery is depleted, it can be rapidly recharged in just a matter of minutes.

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