Porsche’s First Complete EV: Mission E
It has been over a year since the Porsche Mission E captured the attention of motor enthusiast at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite not going on sale until 2020, the 2016 Paris Motor Show and the LA Motor Show revealed Porsche’s plan to sell 20,000 Mission E models a year, possibly supplementing the range with a GT-E model.
Porsche’s CEO Oliver Blume that the companies rival the Tesla Model S will open the market at the end of the decade but Porsche has no plans to release a fully autonomous version. Whilst autonomous features will be available in future models, a fully robotic driving experience of the Mission E is not planned. Porsche is all about the driving experience so if you take away the ability to drive then you are taking away the whole feel of the high-performance car.
The Porsche Mission E will deliver a range of 310 miles, with the ability to charge 80% in just 15 minutes, which is you are about to go on a long journey is not long to wait.
Porsche is working with the Volkswagen Group and other organisations on a fast charging project to create a network of 150kW charging points. The high tech charging stations may also be compatible with Tesla’s Supercharger networks although adaptors will most likely be needed and it isn’t yet clear if Tesla will open up its network to non-Tesla models.
The Mission E hasn’t had the best spotlight on it recently, with critics unhappy about its release at the end of the decade. However Porsche wants to ensure the infrastructure is all in place and available before the car goes on sale so owners won’t have to worry about travelling a long distance just to supercharge the car.
Porsches new EV will begin the future of the battery-powered models with massive amounts of investment going into their new plants. Around €700million will be invested in Porsche’s main Stuttgart site to help with the extra assembly plant and paint shop creating over 1,400 jobs.
The Mission E is a combination of 918 Hypercar aggression and Panamera proportions producing a sexy, sleek look. It is very low to the ground sitting just 13cm tall with a body constructed of aluminium, steel and carbon-fibre reinforcements.
When it comes to performance, Porsche designed it Mission E off of its Le Mans 919 Hybrid racer with a new 800-volt drive system made up of two electric motors and a battery so powerful Porsche claims it is twice as powerful as any other EV system out today.
The company claims the Mission E can go 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds, with its four wheel steering evenly distributing power to individual wheels to maximise grip. Unfortunately we still need to wait a few years before the concept can be tested but with Porsche’s reputation I’m sure it will not disappoint.