Porsche Mission E Production Slated For 2019, Company Eyeing More Derivatives

The Porsche Mission E is inching closer to production but the model is still a year away as the company’s production boss, Albrecht Reimold, has revealed the first vehicle won’t roll off the assembly line until 2019.

In an interview with Automobil Produktion, Reimold said the company will soon begin installing equipment for the Mission E at its Zuffenhausen plant but production isn’t slated to begin until next year. The plant has been designed to have a capacity of around 20,000 Mission Es annually but Reimold said there’s a “little leeway to increase that.”

Porsche has been testing prototypes for months and Reimold confirmed members of the production team are actively involved in the “pilot production phase so that experience can be gained at an early stage.” He went on to say everything has been “going pretty well” but they’ll likely find ways to optimize things closer to launch.

While Porsche is focused on getting the car into production, Reimold said the company is already considering a handful of derivatives. The production boss also hinted the Mission E could have a relatively short lifecycle as he noted they normally last between five and seven years but “we are seeing a trend towards shorter cycles these days.”

A lot of questions remain about the Mission E but reports have suggested the model will have two electric motors and three different outputs. The entry-level model is expected to have around 402 hp (300 kW) while range-topping variant could boast 670 hp (500 kW). There could also be a mid-level model with around 536 hp (400 kW).

Porsche is believed to be targeting a range of 300 miles (482 km) and the car is slated to have an advanced charging system that could deliver an 80% charge in 20 minutes or less. This would be a notable accomplishment as same feat takes the Jaguar I-Pace around 45 minutes.

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  • LWOAP

    Mission E Sport Turismo?

    • gor134

      YES PLEASE. It might look a bit funky though considering this cars athletic and low appearance.

  • Bo Hanan

    Where does it fit in their line up? It’s smaller than the Panamera but will be more expensive.

    • exeptor

      I don’t think they will try to place it between X and Y. It will open them for a new customers … probably.

    • This is a full electric car, most manufacturers adopt two prong car line up, conventional and electric. So they are meant to compliment each other.

  • PB

    I wonder if a version will be available with a real engine?

    • Matt

      No because the platform is designed to accommodate electric only.

  • kachuks

    Is this going to be on everyone’s car of the year list?

  • TheBelltower

    “The plant has been designed to have a capacity of around 20,000 Mission Es annually but Reimold said there’s a “little leeway to increase that.”

    Interesting production number. Here’s what Mr Musk had to say about the Bolt back in May 2017. Presumably it would be about the same for the Mission E…

    ““The CARB credits are only effective at a production rate of about 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a year,” explains Musk. “So that’s why you’ll see – mark my words – it’s not going to be any higher than that for the Chevy Bolt.””

    Is it a simply a coincidence that Porsche intends to build only 20k Mission Es? Could it be that Porsche isn’t actually very committed to EVs at all? Do they have thousands of global fast charging stations queued-up for 2019? No? Quelle Surpise!

    • Matt

      Is a factory in Germany affected by a scheme run by the government of California? What’s the relevance?

      Maybe that production figure is realistically how many Porsche expects to sell, based on forecasting.

  • I probably have been saying this before, there is an upcoming second Bugatti model codenamed Atlante, This would be based on Mission E architecture and produced up to 700hp. It will be a traditional GT rather than sports car.

    And also there has been a talk for 2+2 Lamborghini Espada from Mission E architecture, this one is not yet confirmed.

    • exeptor

      Hope it will happen … the Bugatti one.

      • The Bugatti one is reportedly has been given green light. Winkelmann supports the idea fully. And the Espada one is apparently his suggestions too, we just had to wait if Domenicali approves it or not.

  • nastinupe

    I know that Elon has to be afraid. This thing is going to blow Tesla’s doors off. The Porsche infrastructure alone is going to make Tesla look so bad. Production, dealerships, build quality… they are all about to embarrass Tesla.

    It’s also funny how Audi has been BSing with electrification for like 6 years yet they don’t really have anything to sell in their showrooms to the general public. Porsche decided on one car, put out a prototype and went forth and started to build it. No fuss no muss. I just love how they do business. Porsche is all about it.

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