Porsche announced its plan to put its first 600bhp all-electric four-seat sports car into production under its Mission E project, with a design that’s well beyond anything the company has ever made.
The Mission E concept sports car was first introduced at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. Now the company is committing to having the car in showrooms by the end of 2020.
Dr Oliver Blume, Chairman of Porsche’s executive board said that the manufacturer is
“beginning a new chapter in the history of the sports car.”
Porsche’s Sports Car of the Future
The Mission E is lightning-fast. Porsche says the 440kW battery will zip you from 0-62 mph in under 3.5 seconds. The production Mission E’s range should be over 300 miles, too.
The four-door car features energy storage technology derived from the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid race car.
The Mission E will also be capable of charging wirelessly via induction charging and clever packaging of the batteries which gives the car a low center of gravity. The batteries are mounted on the underbody, and run the whole length between the front and rear axles.
One thing’s clear from the renderings: The Mission E is damn sexy. It’s just 4 feet, 3 inches tall, with a low sweeping roofline that’ll slice through wind and inconvenience any moderately tall backseat passengers. Its body is made up from a combination of aluminium, steel, and carbon fibre reinforced plastic.
The Key Specs of Concept Study Mission E
- Acceleration 0-100 km/h < 3.5 sec
- Acceleration 0-200 km/h < 12 sec
- Top speed > 250 km/h
- Power > 440 kW (> 600 hp)
- Range > 500 km
- System voltage 800 V
- Charging time 80% in < 15 min
Mission E: The Tesla Killer
The Porsche is likely to find a different audience than Tesla, which has put a bigger focus on innovation. “They are different than a Tesla,” Beavis says. Porsche, which is a Volkswagen brand, says the car will be introduced with a new 800-volt charging technology that could charge the Mission E to 80% capacity in 15 minutes which is about twice as fast as Tesla Motors’ supercharger.
Porsche claims the level of investment behind the project is around a billion euros, 700 million of which will be spent at the company’s main Stuttgart base creating more than 1,000 jobs.
Mission E would become the usable electric sports car that the world desperately needs, if the company turns the idea into an actual vehicle.