The tentatively-named Porsche Mission E, Porsche’s answer to Tesla, will be offered with three powertrain options much like the Model S.
Georg Kacher from had the opportunity to drive a fully spec’d Mission E prototype — only the fourth person in the world to drive the prototype — and talk with several of the people working on it, and he has shed more light on the promising electric Porsche.
Always the perfectionist, Porsche wants the Mission E to beat the Model S in both luxury and performance, with the ultimate goal of making it a sportier, more rewarding vehicle. The prototype boasts such premium features as electric doors, windows and seat, but don’t expect the suicide doors shown on the concept to make it to production.
The company is considering three powertrains rated at 300 kW / 402 hp, 400 kW / 536 hp, and 500 kW / 670 hp, all with badging that mirror current lineup offerings. All-wheel drive will be standard, but a cheaper rear-wheel drive variant could be offered later on.
A two-speed transmission is being developed to allow for full-throttle upshifts, and buyers will have the option of an electronically-controlled limited-slip rear differential.
Interestingly, the production Mission E will be a C-segment, compact-sized sedan that’s notably smaller than the Model S and Porsche Panamera, though it will supposedly offer a D-segment-size interior, making it more of a Tesla Model 3 competitor.
It will be stylistically-inspired by the Porsche 911, and in its sportiest configuration, can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the mid-3-second range before reaching a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h), once again placing it in the Model 3’s ballpark rather than the Model S’.
Project leader Stefan Weckbach stated:
“The production version is in essence a C-segment sedan with an almost D-size interior. Visually, the car combines 911 overtones with fresh proportions and very good space utilization even though the Mission E is notably more compact than the Panamera.”
Engineers are aiming for a 300-mile real world range out of the batteries, which can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in 20 minutes or less.
Porsche wants to sell 20,000 Mission E sedans each year, which isn’t a far-fetched goal considering the success of the Model S and Model 3. Sales begin in late 2019 with an expected starting price in the $75,000 to $80,000 range.
Porsche Builds Its Last Diesels To Focus On EVs
Less than a decade after it introduced its first diesel model, Porsche has stopped production of its last two diesel models as parent Volkswagen Group pviots towards electrification.
The German automaker cites a “cultural shift” among its customers as the prime reason for discontinuing the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel, but it’s not the only reason.
Apparently, the decision was also related to “another software update” and ongoing talks with authorities, which analysts view as evidence that Porsche no longer finds it worthwhile to invest in keeping its diesel fleet compliant with stricter emissions regulations.
The writing was on the wall — in 2017, the diesel-powered Panamera only accounted for 15 percent of all Panamera sales, while the gasoline versions accounted for 35 percent and the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid made up the remaining 50 percent.
The company is currently working on a Tesla-rivaling Mission E and will follow it up with a second all-electric model, likely an SUV similar to the Macan. It expects half of all its sales to come from electrified models by 2025.
Porsche Plugs Into Electric Future, Doubles Spending On Electrification
Porsche has announced plans to invest more than $7.5 billion by 2022 to expand its lineup of plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles, further expressing its full commitment to the electric car segment.
The production, Tesla Model S and Model 3-rivaling Mission E is on its way, as is a hybrid gasoline-electric version of the iconic Porsche 911. In fact, a big chunk of that investment ($623 million) will be dedicated to developing other versions of the Mission E and several distinct models based on its platform.
Another $1.24 billion will go towards adding hybrid versions of existing Porsche models, while $872 million will be used for new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.
Some of the investment is also being used to develop a new paint shop, a body shop, a dedicated assembly area, and a conveyor bridge to transport the Mission E’s painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area in Zuffenhausen. The company’s existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drivetrains.
Porsche says the Mission E project has so far created 1,200 new jobs and expects the pure-electric sedan to arrive sometime in 2019 with three available powertrain options.
Porsche Making Gas-Electric 911 To Take On New Tesla Roadster?
Likely caught off guard by the ridiculously bonkers performance of the new Tesla Roadster electric sports car, Porsche is now working on a gas-electric Porsche 911 after previously shelving plans for such a model.
Tesla’s new Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 2 seconds (1.9 secs, to be precise) and to 100 mph (161 km/h) in only 4.2 seconds, a level of performance unmatched by any production car to date, not even the mighty, 1,479 horsepower Bugatti Chiron. Production begins in 2020.
According to , the Porsche 911 Hybrid will be introduced a few years after the next-generation 911 arrives in 2019, meaning it could it hit the market around the same time the Tesla Roadster does.
As a hybrid, the 911 won’t be a fully electric vehicle like the Roadster, with Porsche targeting an electric driving range around 40 miles compared to the Tesla’s 620-mile range.
Porsche has yet to confirm development of the car, but a spokesman confirmed to Bloomberg that the next 911 allows integration of an electric powertrain. The German automaker was even reported to be looking at solid-state battery technology for future electrified versions of the 911 and Boxster.