Coming to Frankfurt 2015: The Porsche Mission E

Watch the video and wipe the drool.  You didn’t think the other high-line automakers would take Tesla lying down, did you?  The question is not whether high-performance EV’s will catch on, its how much traction they make.  How many newly minted and former Porsche owners will come back to the fold once this new Mission E vehicle comes to market?  I’m thinking we are seeing something fascinating.  As much as the shorts try to malign Elon Musk, the Mission E and cars like it are evidence of a sustainable new automotive market coming to life.

OK, I’ll stop the opining, and get to the car.  Here it is again:

Now let’s hear about the high points of the Mission E, from Porsche themselves:

The concept car combines the unmistakable emotional design of a Porsche with excellent performance and the forward-thinking practicality of the first 800-volt drive system. Key specification data of this fascinating sports car: four doors and four single seats, over 600 hp (440 kW) system power and over 500 km (310.6 mile) driving range. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in under 3.5 seconds and a charging time of around 15 minutes to reach an 80 per cent charge of electrical energy. Instruments are intuitively operated by eye-tracking and gesture control, some even via holograms – highly oriented toward the driver by automatically adjusting the displays to the driver’s position.

 

No reason to believe Porsche won’t hit these specs.  After all they are Porsche.  If you still don’t believe them, take a moment to think back to the 918 Spyder Hybrid.

The Mission E is a compilation of what Porsche has learned on the track and in the consumer market.  The drivetrain is taken from the 919 LeMans Hybrid Racer.  You know…the one that won LeMans this year. One of the advantages having a race car as a learning lab is that Porsche has figured out how to get back to max power after repeated max accelerations.  A similar torque vectoring system taken from the racer evenly channels power to each wheel.  And if you think Porsche is toning it down for a “family car”, the Mission E took the Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than 8 minutes.

Maybe you caught the power level of the Mission E.  800 volts; about 398 more than Tesla.  So you can charge it faster.  And go faster.  Look for Tesla to match or beat this, somehow.

 

 

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