The Porsche Mission E, the car set to take on the King of the hill Tesla Model S in the world of electric sports cars has been given the green light for production and is targeted to be with us by the end of the decade.
This comes of the back of huge investment at Porsche’s Stuttgart HQ, where about £700 million will be invested at the main factory, where the electric motors will be produced alongside the combustion engines, creating over 1,000 new jobs. Porsche’s Chairman of the executive board, Oliver Blume, stated that the company is “beginning a new chapter in the history of the sports car”.
Porsche are implementing impressive technology harvested from the Le Mans winning 919 Hybrid race car as well as the 918 Spyder. The four door, four seater will be powered by two electric motors, one for the front axle, and one for the rear, allowing range of up to 310 miles. The two units together produce 592bhp, 90bhp less than Tesla’s Model S P85D, and go from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds, 0.3 seconds more than the more powerful Tesla, but by no means slow.
The Mission E Concept, the name of which is unlikely to stick all the way to production, weighs in at two tonnes, but weight saving materials such as aluminium and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic are used to keep the weight to a minimum and maintain a low centre of gravity. The redesigned platform on which the Mission E sits mean future hybrid and combustion variations are highly improbable.
The thorn in the side of many electric cars is the time it takes to charge, but Porsche have developed an 800-volt charger, which can recharge the batteries to 80%, or 249 miles, in just 15 minutes, meaning frequent, long journeys are no longer an issue.
The Mission E is expected to stay largely unchanged from the concept seen earlier this year at Frankfurt in September. With the confirmation of Porsche joining the electric powered party, we will have to wait and see who else will join in and attempt to take the ever-popular Tesla of it’s throne.