Porsche will build ‘Mission E’
Porsche has confirmed it will build its first 100% electrically powered car – the Mission E…
In what it calls “beginning a new chapter in the history of the sports car,” Porsche will build its Mission E concept car first premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September. We can expect the new vehicle in 2019.
The Mission E concept is a four-door car with four individual seats, which led many to believe it might form the basis of a new Panamera. Its power train is said to be capable of producing over 600hp, and achieving the zero-to-62mph dash in under 3.5 seconds. Most importantly though Porsche claimed it would be capable of a range of more than 500 kilometres, or 310-miles, making it an exceptional useable prospect.
Charged via an 800-volt charger unit specially developed for the car that is twice as powerful as today’s quick-charge systems, the Mission E’s lithium-ion batteries (located within the vehicle floor) can hold enough power to provide 80 percent of maximum range after just 15 minutes charging time. What’s more the car can be inductively charged wirelessly by a coil buried into your garage floor at home.
Porsche claims the new model will create more than 1,000 new jobs in Stuttgart, and that it will be the result of an investment by Porsche of around 700 million Euros. Over the next few years, a new paint shop and a new assembly plant will be built to incorporate the construction of the Mission E, which is yet to receive an official Porsche model name designation. Porsche’s existing engine factory is set to be expanded to incorporate the production of electric motors, while its existing body shop is also set for enlargement.
Whether or not the Mission E will form the basis of the new Panamera remains to be seen, but its series production does highlight Porsche’s commitment to alternative fuels, and makes a future electrically-powered 911 even more likely…