Many auto enthusiasts are worried that the mass embracement of electric thrust will kill off any drop of fun that is left with our slowly-dying ICE cars. Tesla has been putting naysayers in their place with the “Insane” and “Ludicrous” modes in their cars for a while now. However, Porsche, makers of some of the best sports cars around, have just put up a green light for the Mission-E, an all-electric sports sedan set to debut in 2020.
Porsche first gave us a glimpse of the Mission-E at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. To recap, the Mission-E is packed with all types of state-of-the-art technologies that Porsche has been working on. It will feature two electric motors with a combined total of about 600 horsepower. Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of “less than 3 seconds” and feature an advanced all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring. They are also on record saying that it will lap the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than 8 minutes. More intriguingly than the impressive performance figures (I mean, it is a Porsche) is the claimed recharge time. Porsche says that the proprietary 800V charging system will charge the Mission-E’s battery 80% in 15 minutes. Currently, Tesla’s Supercharging network can charge the batteries of the Model S to 50% in 20 minutes. Porsche will also have a wireless induction charger for Mission-E customers. Claimed range is 500 kilometers, which is in line with what Tesla offers.
In order to produce the Mission-E, Porsche is going to have make some major investments into their production capacity. A €700,000,000 investment to their Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen facility. The upgrade will include the capacity to produce electric motors, as well as an expansion to their paint shop, body shop, and assembly plant.
*All photos courtesy of Porsche AG