Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, the Mission E study stunned the public with its looks and tech, opening a new chapter (in concept form) for the German car manufacturer.
From the get go, it was understood that it would (eventually) get the green light, with the final production-spec variant compelled to see the light of day by the end of the decade.
“The external design will be very similar. We have to fulfill certain conditions and change some things. It’s not easy but we will do 500km range and a 15-minute charge. We have the technical ability to do it, the hard part is doing it on a whole vehicle.”
“And it’s important to transfer all the driving emotion of a Porsche to the electric vehicle. We can’t do an electric vehicle that’s branded Porsche if it doesn’t fulfill what a customer expects from a Porsche. You can drive the 918 Spyder in EV mode, and that’s how it will be to drive the Mission E. It transfers what we learn from motorsport.”
The Mission E concept has a total system power output of over 600 HP (440 kW), sprints from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and boasts a 500+ km (310+ miles) range.
The problem, however, is that the car requires 800-volt 150kW chargers in order to recharge in 15 minutes, and an infrastructure doesn’t exist, but Porsche has a plan.
“It’s important we have a solution to that. We need standards. We’re in contact with Governments and other manufacturers. We now need to invest in a charging network in Europe, the US and China.”