The Porsche Taycan was unveiled on Wednesday Amid Excitement and Anticipation
The Arrival of the Porsche Taycan Proves Just How Much Tesla and Elon Musk Have Achieved
The Porsche Taycan is here, and it was not long before the media dubbed it a “Tesla killer”. Even before its launch, the car was already being compared to Tesla especially the Tesla Model S Performance. The official reveal of the Taycan was greeted with excitement and anticipation.
Taycan is a very good car. Pound for pound, it’s the closest any mainstream automaker has come to matching Tesla. The Tesla Model S though still offers more range on a single charge and it will be a while before any other automaker catches upon it.
But while the media is quick to point to the demise of Tesla, they miss the entire point. The reveal of the Porsche confirmed one thing,” The Electric Vehicle Age is here, right now!”
Earlier this year, Musk said that very soon, buying a fuel car will be like buying a horse. His remarks were not welcomed by many people. But Musk has always been spot on about his predictions. The big traditional automakers have enjoyed uninterrupted dominance but things are about to turn upside down. For any automaker to unveil a car that will excite the public, it is going to have to be an electric car. Tesla is now the benchmark, and all the big automakers will have to try their best to match it or outdo them. Anything less than that, will not be acceptable.
The Taycan is the closest the traditional automakers have come. Porsche put in a lot of work in design and performance. It is obvious that they had their eyes on the Tesla Model S during their production process. It is going to be the same for all the other automakers who are now going to be forced to take electric vehicles very seriously or they will risk becoming the Blackberry or Nokia of the auto industry.
So what is the point the media misses? Elon Musk has said it several times that the mission of Tesla is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards zero-emission future, the better.
Tesla was founded by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric cars that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars. Before Tesla, electric cars looked more like golf carts than vehicles. With the launch of the Tesla Roadster in 2008, it changed the perception of how electric vehicles look like even though many analysts and executives in Detroit and Germany dismissed this as a fad. The success of the Tesla Model 3 sent traditional automakers into panic mode with many announcing an electric vehicle program of some sort.
The Porsche Taycan is the first of many. Over the next year or two, many gasoline car manufacturers are going to launch electric vehicle models of their own. Even though it’s going to take some time for gasoline car production to be phased out completely, Musk and Tesla have in fact achieved part of their mission already. And it’s just the start.