This Porsche Mission E concept car is Porsche’s deadly serious pitch for an all-electric super-saloon. It appeared at the Frankfurt show in September, making everyone who clapped eyes on it palpitate slightly. And it’s as fast as it is beautiful.
On the surface, the Porsche Mission E might look like some futuristic, stretched 911. To many, that’s just the starting point to the sexy overall appeal of this concept. Powered by two seperate electric motors at each end of the concept, the Porsche Mission E is a rocket on wheels.
Inside the Porsche Mission E
Looking at the layout of the new concept from Porsche, it’s easy to see a lot of similarities between it and Tesla’s Type S. Taking a look at the battery tray and configuration of the chassis is the first giveaway.
This tech may be reminiscent of the Tesla Model S, but Porsche wants to go a stage further by raising the voltage, so it can be recharged even faster. The 800v system is claimed to take the battery from flat to 80 percent full in 15 minutes.
That kind of time can make the concept of electric vehicles largely more viable, especially to the average driver.
“Potential Porsche full-electric car customers don’t only want to drive fast. They want to charge fast, too,” according to project head Stefan Weckbach.
But back to the performance of the Porsche Mission E. According to Porsche, the goal is “under 3.5 seconds” for the all important 0-100kph time. Given the track record of Porsche, we wouldn’t bet against them. And you might remember that the last time Porsche presented a revolutionary concept, it was the 918.
The legendary 918 was and still is the gold standard in Porsche performance. And to be honest, the 918 performance has only improved as it edged to production.
Porsche Mission E Drivetrain Specifications
The Porsche Mission E has a lot going on under the hood. Powered by a four-wheel-drive, torque-vectoring, four wheel steering and a lizard-low centre of gravity,handling should be mesmerising.
Porsche’s uncannily accurate simulation software says it’ll lap the Nürburgring in just eight minutes. The Mission E is a four-seater , smaller than the Panamera, so there is clear distinction in Porsche’s range.
True to it’s cutting edge design, the Porsche Mission E takes tech to the next level when it comes to the interior. The dash uses holograms, and the driver and passengers can use gestures to control electronic functions.
At the moment, an 800v charging system seems further away than the car itself. No infrastructure like that exists, and no standard has been agreed. So it’s unlikely to occur in the time frame Porsche is talking about.
Still, a network of 400v chargers is planned in Germany, and onboard electronics can use that and step it up. But it doubles the charge time. At least early buyers would get a car future-proofed for charging system upgrades. Porsche also plans to use inductive wireless charging, which is convenient, but again much slower than the 800v cable.
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