West Coast dealers have accounted for most early orders of the Porsche Taycan, the brand's first battery-electric vehicle, and they say buyers will have plenty of options for charging the sporty sedan.
Roger Jobs, owner of Roger Jobs Motors Inc. in Bellingham, Wash., said the region's growing charging network should give consumers confidence to buy the car.
"Electrify America has rolled out a charging network, and some other non-Porsche-related or Volkswagen Group-related chargers," Jobs told Automotive News after the brand's make meeting at the NADA Show. The network is "strong enough that someone can be confident they can buy the car and be able to travel."
Porsche launched the higher-priced Turbo and Turbo S versions of the EV in December. Those models start at $154,860 and $188,960, including shipping. A base Taycan, priced below $100,000, is expected in the fall.
The Taycan 4S, which starts at $105,150, including shipping, will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2021.
Porsche sales were up 7.6 percent in 2019 to 61,568 vehicles. The sales gain was driven by Porsche's SUV lineup, which rose 22 percent. Porsche car sales slid 13 percent last year but could now get a boost from the Taycan.
Jobs envisions more gains for the brand in 2020.
"If you look at the growth that we've had over the last 10 years, I think we're looking at another growth like that," he said. He sees Porsche selling about 10,000 Taycans this year. "If everything else were just to levitate," he said, "that's a pretty decent growth."