Porsche’s Tesla-Challenging Electric Car Will Arrive In 2019, Will Be a ‘Steal’ at Under $100K
Watch your back, Elon.
Porsche chairman Oliver Blume revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show that the company’s Mission E electric concept sedan from the 2015 show has been approved for production and will arrive at the 2019 edition of the biennial show.
That’s according to Britain’s intrepid Car magazine, which interrogated Blume at the show and got significant information on Porsche’s plans for this battery-electric 2+2 sport sedan.
Separate front and rear 300-horsepower electric drivetrains provide all-wheel drive, and the Mission E further feature four-wheel steering for nimble handling and easier urban parking.
Performance will be 0-60 acceleration in less than 3.5 seconds and a computer-limited top speed of 155 mph.
But perhaps Mission E’s most startling performance metric is a claimed 80 percent charging time for its massive battery pack in just 15 minutes. The car’s rated driving range is 300 miles, so just 15 minutes plugged in to a Porsche charger will yield 250 miles of driving range, Blume told Car.
Considering the poky charging of today’s cars, that claim sounds like a fantasy, but ‘With 350 kilowatt fast-charging, this will be a reality,” Blume stated. Those chargers will be part of a planned quick-charging network joint venture among the German car manufacturers that is slated to put thousands of high-speed chargers on European highways by 2020.
He also said that the production model will hew closely to the Mission E’s daring styling, which is a somewhat incongruous blend of classic Porsche styling cues, design borrowed from the company’s 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning 919 race car, and aerodynamic imperatives for a low-drag EV.
“The design is fixed,” he told Car. “It is very close to what you saw two years ago at Frankfurt. It will be exciting but a bit different from the concept.”
Pricing will place the Mission E on par with an entry-level Panamera, which starts at about $85,000 in the U.S.