If everything Porsche says about their Mission E project comes true, it will be one tough benchmark to beat for the rest of the automakers looking to get a piece of the electric car pie that Tesla has been clearly laid claim to. If we know anything about Porsche’s history, it’s very rare that they miss the mark on projects. Combine that with the fact that fully electronic cars are the future of the auto world, we know they’re looking to surpass expectations and assert dominance in the space.
Sticking To Their Roots
On their press release of the Mission E, the first aspect of the car Porsche focuses on is performance. After seeing how successful the implementation of a hybrid motor was on their flagship car, the 918 Spyder, it instilled confidence that they are more than capable of producing a fully electric vehicle without having to sacrifice what made their company so popular in the first place – the drive. The release goes on to say, “It’s a sports car. There’s no doubt about that. But it’s not the sports car you might expect. Its powertrain is completely new, but, like that of every Porsche, is based on technology tested in motorsports”, which has to excite car geeks while also scaring the competition. At the Mission E’s core lies two electric motors with roughly 600hp and the ability to launch the car 0-60 in only 3.5 seconds while 124mph takes just 12 seconds. Porsche understands that braking is just as important as acceleration so they borrowed technology from their 919 Hybrid that won Le Mans and braking in the Mission E will recover energy lost along the drive.
While its known that electrics cars have a clear advantage over going very fast very quickly, Porsche’s true DNA is centered around handling with the Mission E being no exception. Porsche is plating the heavy batteries low and towards the center of the car to ensure a lower center of gravity and proper balance. The car’s handling takes another note out of the success of its predecessors by utilizing four-wheel steering, courtesy of their 911 GT3 and Turbo models.
A Car For Everyone, Everyday, Everywhere
One issue with the electric car market is currently facing is charging station availability and how long it takes to get a full charge. Porsche understands that in order to dominate the market, these have to be addressed and in doing so have claimed that the Mission E will be able to charge 80% of its 300 mile range battery in just 15-minutes. To put that in comparison, a comparably priced Tesla Model S can take close to 10-hours for a full charge. Another added bonus is the Model E is capable of being charged wirelessly by simply being placed over a charging plate in one’s garage.
Porsche goes on to mention their goals in regard to design from the inside out which can be seen on their website (https://www.porsche.com/usa/aboutporsche/christophorusmagazine/archive/374/articleoverview/article01/). The pictures of the concept look absolutely phenomenal but as with every concept car, design cues are always subject to change. Regardless, our money is on Porsche knocking the Mission E absolutely out of the park but there is no doubt that competition from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and the current king, Tesla will come to the playing field with their own big-guns.