Porsche is on a mission: to launch its first-ever EV. This is how it might look.
Due towards the end of 2019, the Mission E will serve as Porsche’s first-ever fully electric car and it might just have what it takes to lure in some members of the anti-EV crowd.
Tesla has proven electric vehicles don’t necessarily have to be slow and it’s going to be the same story with the Mission E. The concept was able to hit 62 mph from a standstill in only 3.5sec, so it was actually a tenth of a second quicker than a Panamera Turbo equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package.
Porsche has promised the roadgoing car will pretty much retain just about all of the technical specifications of the concept, including the ability to charge the battery pack to 80 percent in 15 minutes via what will be an 800V quick charger. The concept was rated at 311 miles in the New European Driving Cycle and that likely means in real-life conditions the Mission E should be able to travel for around 250 miles.
Gallery: Porsche Mission E Nurbugring Spy Photos
Factor in its starting price of around £65,000 – around the same level as the base Panamera – there are reasons to believe the Mission E will be a hit for Porsche. The Model S could use some competition and it’s also a good thing people in the market for a premium electric car will have more models to choose from in the coming years as other car makers will be hopping on the zero-emission bandwagon.
Of course, that price tag refers to the entry-level version, which means the ones loaded with more goodies and equipped with beefier electric motors will easily hit the £80,000 mark. A neat feature that has already been announced by Porsche is the plan to roll out over-the-air updates, much like Tesla has been doing for quite some time.
Late 2019 availability likely means the production version will debut earlier that year, so we will have to patiently wait for at least a full year to see the real deal. During this interval, we’re probably going to have numerous spy shots with work-in-progress prototypes gradually losing the camo to reveal the final skin.