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Review: Porsche Mission E

The first 100% electrically powered Porsche is on its way. The four-door car with four individual seats has a system power output of over 600 hp (440 kW). The car will achieve both acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and a range of more than 500 kilometres. The Porsche Mission E is charged via an 800-volt charger unit specially developed for the car, which is twice as powerful as today’s quick-charge systems. The lithium-ion batteries integrated within the vehicle floor have enough power again for 80 percent of the range after just 15 minutes. The vehicle can optionally be ‘refuelled’ wirelessly by induction via a coil set into the garage floor.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: Mission E
  • First available: January 2020
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 4
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 3.5s
  • Range: 300 miles 500 km

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • lithium-ion batteries – more than 440 kW (600 hp)
  • Charge time

    • 15-minute charge time (for 80 percent of the batteries full capacity)

1 User Review on “Porsche Mission E”

  1. StephenSD
    Porsche’s Mission E: We’re Coming For You, Tesla!
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    By Stephen Fogel

    The Porsche Mission E Concept is nothing less than a challenge to the electric luxury performance leader Tesla. Beaten to its rightful spot in the market by this impertinent newcomer, Porsche aims to put the California carmaker in its place.

    How? By moving the electric performance car bar past the point where Tesla has set it. The Porsche Mission E has been designed to be the Porsche of electric cars. It has a serious tradition to uphold.

    Styling: Unmistakably A Porsche
    The Mission E incorporates all the design cues we have come to expect from Porsche cars. The flat, sloping hood with fenders on each side bulging up and out to cover the wheels; the headlights inset into the leading edge of each front fender; the 911-inspired side and rear window outlines; the way the doors are set into the body, allowing the fenders to bulge out in an overt expression of power; and the gently-curved rear incorporating spoiler lip, rear light strip and nameplate. It all says Porsche, very emphatically and in an appealing new way.

    “Suicide” counter-opening doors are a distinctive touch and open up the interior for easy entry and exit. This is possible as a result of using carbon fiber for the monocoque; it is so rigid and strong that no B-pillar is needed.

    Performance: Enough To Beat Tesla?
    The low-slung Mission E is only 51 inches in height, yet seats four in comfort. The twin electric motors provide 600 horsepower and drive all four wheels. Zero to 62 MPH comes up in less than 3.5 seconds.

    A recent instrumented test of a Tesla Model S P100D provided a reading of 760 horsepower and zero to 60 MPH acceleration time of 2.5 seconds. The Mission E may need a performance upgrade if it intends to beat the Tesla!

    Unique Technologies In Mission E
    The Mission E has some interesting connectivity features. It can be configured externally from a tablet using over-the-air services. This lets the driver change and update the functional content of the Mission E. Updates can be made to the travel guide or the chassis, engine or infotainment system functions. The driver can also use a smartphone or tablet to start updates with Porsche Connect. Remote diagnostics and the scheduling of service appointments are also possible.

    The Mission E is designed for plugless inductive charging. Simply parking the car over a charging mat lets the Mission E charge wirelessly. The 800-Volt charging system allows extremely fast charging: 60 miles of charge in 4 minutes and an 80% charge in under 15 minutes. Coupled with a 300-mile range on a full charge, the Mission E breaks new ground for both charging speed and range.

    The Mission E’s driver navigates menus through eye tracking, controlled by a camera and buttons on the steering wheel. Gesture control lets the driver make adjustments without needing to touch a screen. The dynamic display adjusts for the driver’s height and sitting posture, moving the 3D display for optimal visibility. Even though the display is an OLED screen, Porsche has retained its five round instrument dials as a nod to tradition and for easy readability.

    The Future Of The Porsche Mission E
    Planned for production and release by 2020, the Mission E will be born into an electric vehicle world that will be far different from that of today. As the state of battery chemistry and charging technology advances during the next three years, will the Mission E still be as advanced as it appears today?

    Tesla will have three more years of production experience. The other luxury manufacturers will also have their entries ready for the marketplace. There may even be some Chinese entries at the high end. It is also likely that a three hundred-mile range will be commonplace, if not already obsolete.

    Porsche is investing a billion euros in the Mission E. This advanced vehicle will need to set new standards for electric cars when it comes to market.

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