Despite the fact that the name is obviously set to change en route to showrooms, most of what we've seen on the concept car should make it onto the production version.
Porsche’s EV will debut by the end of the decade, with the carmaker promising this will be “the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment.”
For now, that title unofficially goes to Tesla and its P90D. While nobody expects the Silicone Valley carmaker to rival Zuffenhausen regarding build quality, we’re eager to see the technical solutions German engineers are working on.
In concept form, the Mission-E is motivated by a pair of electric motors, one for each axle. Overall output sits at 592 hp (600 PS), with the four-door coupe being able to hit 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. The production version will have to do better than that in order to beat the Model S.
The Mission E tips the scales at two tons, incorporating technical solutions that benefit from Porsche’s experience with the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid. As for the comparison to the 918 Spyder, we’ll remind you that, while the Mission E has just entered its post-concept development process, the hypercar went out of production earlier this year.
The EV uses a dedicated platform that mixes aluminum, high-strength steel and carbon fiber reinforced plastic, using a liquid-cooled, floor-mounted battery.
The lithium-ion battery offers an official range of 310 miles (500 km). Just as important, the Mission E comes with an 800-volt charger that can recharge the battery to 80 percent of its capacity in a mighty impressive 15 minutes.
Porsche will also offer customers the possibility of installing induction coils into the floors of their garages, thus offering wireless charging.
The big pictureThe expansion required to include the Mission E on the menu means Porsche will create 1,000 new jobs at its Stuttgart headquarters. Porsche will inject EUR700 million ($766 million) into the operation. The engine manufacturing site will be expanded to also make electric motors, while the body shop will also be upgraded. In addition, Porsche’s Weissach development center will be taken one step further.
The Mission E, alongside the Bugatti Chiron, is among the halo projects that are not affected by the potential budget cuts required in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal.
Will Porsche build an all-electric 911 for the next generation of the rear-engined machine, which should also arrive by 2020? The most likely scenario is that we’ll get a hybrid, but nothing is certain yet.