After being introduced as a concept car in 2015, European brand car maker Porsche is set to make the Mission E concept is entering production stage. The new model is expected to expand Porsche’s offerings. Let us take a look at what this car will bring to the table.
“We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility,” said Dr. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board. “Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment.”
The Porsche Mission E will be the car maker’s first fully electric car. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that it will be powered by two electric motors—one at the front axle and one at the back. All the four wheels will be individually controlled by Porsche torque vectoring system. The two electric motors will generate more than 400 kw. The Mission E can be charged via an 800-volt charger unit specifically developed for the car. According to Porsche, this is twice as powerful as today’s quick charge systems. The lithium ion batteries can be loaded to 80% in just 15 minutes.
The Porsche Mission E was built on an entirely new platform with more than 600 horsepower. Robert Janitzek explains that the Mission E can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 12 seconds. It has a projected top speed of more than 250 km/h. the car maker is aiming for its electric car to achieve a range of more than 500 kilometers. It will be priced like an entry-level Panamera, which starts at $85,000.
The Porsche Mission E is set to challenge Tesla as the company is planning to release more electric powertrains. However, Porsche will have to hurry as most of its competitors are also planning to launch their own electric cars and challenge Tesla as well. European brand car maker BMW has recently given its greenlight to a third I model which could also compete with Tesla head on.
So when is the expected release date of the Porsche Mission E? If production is not derailed, the Mission E is likely to have a 2020 launch with Porsche devoting $756,619,500 to the project, which is expected to create an extra 1,000 jobs in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Plans are underway for the construction of new assembly plants and a paint shop. Additional plans include expansion of the present body shop which will be part of the build process.