The Porsche Mission E will move to production from concept, the company says in a press release. The new model would be Porsche’s first all-electric car, marking a major milestone in the company’s history. Volkswagen Group, Porsche’s parent company, is looking to smooth over its enormous diesel emissions scandal, and committing to building a hugely popular electric car is one way to divert attention.
Statement About The Future Of Porsche Brand
Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG: “With Mission E, we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand. Even in a greatly changing motoring world.” Porsche plans to spend 1 billion Euros (approx. $760 million) to create the Mission E. The new model will create around 1,000 jobs at the company’s factory in Stuttgartt-Zuffenhausen, Germany The Porsche Mission E won’t be for sale for at least five years, however.
Porsche Mission E Specifications
The Mission E touts some impressive, albeit purported, stats. Porsche says that the 600-plus-horsepower sedan can do zero to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, 310 miles of all-electric range, and the platform that vectors 600 horses to all four wheels. Those acceleration and power numbers may fall slightly short of the 762 horses and 2.8-second zero-to-60 sprint claimed by Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode, however. Still, the Mission E could cut a sub-eight-minute lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Porsche wants to hit Tesla where it hurts, though: the charging socket.
Specifically, the Mission E will recharge its battery to 80-percent full after just 15 minutes, providing around 250 miles of range. That handily beats Tesla’s Supercharger, which takes 30 minutes to add about 170 miles’ worth of juice.
The trick? Porsche’s system uses 800 volts, versus the 480 that come from a Supercharger plug (or the paltry 120 that powers your home appliances).
Porsche Mission E will use a lithium-ion battery—the same kind of battery Tesla is preparing to produce en-masse at its Gigafactory—that will be mounted in the car’s underbody between the front and rear axles. Porsche sends the pack’s power to front and rear permanently excited synchronous motors (PSMs).
Inside, the Mission E is futuristic. Porsche’s traditional five-gauge dashboard is rendered virtually in OLED. The gauge faces move in parallax to stay visible no matter the driver’s seating position. Touch-free gesture control operates the HVAC and entertainment systems. Cameras that feed displays in the bottom corners of the windshield replace side-view mirrors.
On the exterior, Mission E’s aluminum, steel, and carbon-fiber bodywork is low and lithe, with a roof height of less than 52 inches. This Porsche rolls on 21-inch wheels up front and 22s out back, and it has four-wheel steering.
Porsche didn’t give a price for a car that won’t be on the road until the end of the decade.
The Porsche Mission E is sleek, its fast, and it doesn’t necessarily look like an all-electric car. But the real question for Porsche is if the Mission E can successfully take on Tesla Motors, the current leader in electric car development.