When Porsche announced the Porsche Taycan, everyone went on about how it would give Tesla a run for its money.
So it’s not really surprising that Elon Musk took the first opportunity he could find to have a go at the luxury carmaker.
He took a break from contemplating aliens and human consciousness in space to call Porsche out on an error in the naming of its first electric car.
Mashable with more:
Porsche unveiled its first all-electric vehicle Wednesday, the Taycan Turbo, and the performance version, the Taycan Turbo S. Since the Taycan Turbo unveiling, it’s been compared to Tesla’s own luxury sedan, the Model S.
The electric Porsche has two electric motors, an 800-volt battery, regenerative power, but no internal combustion engine. It’s an electric car. So Musk, maker of several all-electric vehicles, pointed that out.
He tweeted the following at Porsche:
Well, that’s awkward.
The “Turbo” naming is indeed a bit of an oxymoron. Yes the car can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds, but it’s not because of a turbocharged engine. As Autotrader explains, “A turbocharger is an add-on part that uses recycled exhaust gases to — quite literally — boost an engine’s performance.”
Last we checked, all-electric cars are 100 percent battery-powered, with no fuel or “exhaust gases.”
If we’re being kind to Porsche, we can probably assume that the name is a deliberate play on the fact that this is its first emission-free vehicle that still manages to perform like a regular gas-guzzler.
Jealousy makes you nasty, Elon.
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