Porsche is taking on Tesla with its super saloon that should start selling by 2020 according to reports.
Set to Make an Impression
Enthusiasts got their first glimpse of Porsche’s electric car which is known as the Mission E at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
More details were revealed recently at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It is set to compete directly with Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S in the EV department. As one of the world’s leading producers of sports cars Porsche is set to impress with its answer, it believes, to Tesla’s EV.
There will be some autonomous features in future models, but a self-driving Mission E is not planned at the moment.
More than 1,400 jobs will be created in the process and a massive € 700 million will be invested in the Stuttgart plant where production will take place.
It sits low and is only 1,300 mm high. The body is constructed from a mix of steel, aluminium and carbon fibre materials. Its mean looking wheels are 21 inches and 22 inches at the front and rear respectively. The 4-wheel drive Mission E will be driven by an 800-volt system, which consists of a very powerful lithium-ion battery and two electric motors. It should produce around 600hp.
It will be fast: from 0 – 62mph in just 3.5 seconds and the predicted top speed will be around 150mph. A range of 310 miles is planned with 80% of battery capacity charged in less than 15 minutes.
In this class all cars offer great features, and the Mission E will be no exception. Expect exterior cameras instead of mirrors, and the best features inside. The car’s displays will also move with the driver when movement is detected. If, for instance, the driver shifts his position to the side, or higher/lower in his seat, the instruments which are displayed on the interface will follow the driver’s movement and adjust themselves accordingly. Built-in eye-tracking technology will detect the instrument the driver wants to open, for instance, and will therefore ask the driver to confirm this with the press of a button. A great feature of the E’s battery is the option to charge it wirelessly via an inductive process.
You can be sure it will cost a lot, but for the lucky few that can afford the Porsche price tag that should not worry them too much, as they’re a select group anyway. Still, you can sell your current car to the car buying group in time for the electric upgrade!