Future Models - Porsche 2019 Mission E
Porsche aims high on production EV
Power up: Porsche Cars Australia has its eyes on Porsche's new electric vehicle based on the Mission E concept revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show.
Expect the unexpected for Porsche's Mission E concept-based production EV
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11 February 2016
TRUE to its mantra of under-promise and over-deliver, Porsche can be expected
to wheel out an all-electric production Tesla rival that is even more potent
and more practical than the Mission E concept, that the German luxury
sportscar-maker unveiled at last September's Frankfurt motor show.
With a driving range of more than 500km, 440kW of power, zero-to-100km/h sprint
time of less than 3.5 seconds and an 80 per cent battery charge time of just 15
minutes on a fast charger, the Mission E concept sedan already looks sharp.
But Porsche Cars Australia (PCA) public relations director Paul Ellis said he
would not be surprised if the final production version - due by the end of the
decade - exceeded those target figures.
"By the way that technology is evolving, we should be able to meet and possibly
exceed that," Mr Ellis said at this week's Porsche 911 Carrera facelift launch
Mr Ellis also confirmed that PCA will have its hand up for the vehicle for
Australian sale once it goes into mass production, possibly in three years.
"Absolutely," he said. "We are assuming it will go into right-hand drive
The limited-edition hybrid 918 Spyder - holder of the fastest lap of Germany's
Nurburgring - was not made in RHD and so never made it here, but the new EV is
expected to be a global vehicle.
While the final name of the production version is yet to be confirmed, Porsche
has stated that a vehicle based on the Mission E will go into production at its
Stuttgart plant by the end of the decade, creating 1000 jobs.
The factory is set to get a €700m ($A1b) expansion and renovation to make the
new electric motors - two per vehicle - and new-age bespoke EV platform
developed in-house by Porsche.
Britain's Autocar reports that development of the vehicle has started
under the code name J1.
The concept, sporting familiar Porsche design cues, is a four-door four-seater
with rear-opening "suicide" doors for back-seat access.
Performance wise, it is hard to see Porsche giving away any advantage to Tesla,
whose current Model S - in 90kWh P90D flagship guise - boasts 568kW of power, a
supercar-like 0-100km/h sprint time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of
249km/h in Ludicrous mode.
Coincidentally, that 0-100km/h time is about the same as Porsche's hybrid 918
The Porsche Mission E apparently can be charged to 80 per cent battery capacity
in 15 minutes on a high-voltage charger, while the Tesla S takes 30 minutes.
The Tesla's range is up to 430km on the American EPA test cycle, while Porsche
is promising "at least" 500km.
Engineers working in the electric vehicle industry estimate battery performance
has been improving about 8.0 per cent a year, while 'light-weighting' advances
and electric motor gains also could contribute to Porsche's first EV.
Porsche promises a wireless charging option with induction loop technology
available for installation in an owner's garage.