Porsche's all-electric Tesla Model S rival will arrive before the end of the decade, as Porsche announces new investment in its Stuttgart HQ
8 December 2015

The all-electric Porsche Mission E has been confirmed for production, and will rival the Tesla Model S when it arrives in showrooms around 2020.

The concept, first revealed at the Frankfurt motor show back in September, has been given the green light for production by Porsche's supervisory board. Chairman of the executive board Dr Oliver Blume said the company is "beginning a new chapter in the history of the sports car" with the launch of the Mission E.

As a result of the car getting the green light, Porsche says more than 1000 new jobs will be created at its Stuttgart HQ. Around €700 million will also be invested in its main factory, with a new paint shop and assembly plant being built there. The factory's existing engine shop is being expanded to produce electric motors alongside combustion engines, while the body shop will be enlarged. Porsche's Weissach development centre will also receive new funding.

The Mission E - a name unlikely to follow the car to production - is intended to "combine outstanding driving performance with trendsetting day-to-day practicality." The four-door, four-seat model features energy storage know-how garnered from the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race car, along with lightweight construction and battery technology from the 918 Spyder.

Power for the concept comes from two electric motors - one mounted up front acting on the front axle and one at the rear providing drive to the rear wheels. Combined power output is rated at 592bhp, and Porsche says the Mission E is capable of reaching 62mph in under 3.5 seconds - faster than a 911 - with a range of more than 310 miles.

By comparison, the most powerful version of Tesla's Model S, the P85D, gets 682bhp from its dual electric motors, and can hit 62mph in 3.2 seconds.

The Mission E concept weighs in at 2000kg, and features a liquid-cooled battery mounted low in the floor - something Porsche says allows it to provide the Mission E with a low centre of gravity similar to that of the 918 Spyder. The concept also sits on an all-new platform specifically built around its electric drive system, featuring a floorpan made from aluminium, high-strength steel and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. The adoption of a bespoke platform means that hybrid or combustion-engined variants of the Mission E are effectively ruled out.

The car also features a revolutionary 800-volt charger unit, which is capable of re-charging the Mission E's lithium-ion batteries to 80% of capacity - enough to provide 249 miles of range - in just 15 minutes. Wireless induction can also be used, where coils are embedded into the floor.

Porsche is expected to bring the Mission E to market in a state relatively unaltered from the concept. The Mission E concept is also said to provide styling clues for the next Panamera, which is due next year.

Announcing the model, Blume said: "We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility. Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment."

Find out more about the Porsche Mission E here

It's interesting to see such a confirmation in electric technology from Porsche just weeks after the Volkswagen Group confirmed it was scaling back investment in new models in the wake of the emissions scandal. Bugatti's Chiron was thought to be one of the few models safe from potential cuts, with VW Group boss Matthias Müller promising that anything which was "not absolutely necessary" would be cancelled or postponed.

See more of the Porsche Mission E concept in this video:

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4 December 2015
Porsche would have to move a bit faster to catch up with the electric rivals. By the time this archaic firm brings an electric model the rivals would probably be moving on to newer technologies. The very same sluggishness and heavy dependence on PR plagues Porsche as does the Volkswagen.

4 December 2015
The most powerful version of the Model S has 762 bhp and is quoted as hitting 60 in 2.8 seconds. The other question that needs to be asked of Porsche is how are they delivering a network of charging stations. They claim very fast charging but don't seem to have noted how the network is going to be built.

5 December 2015
get it right autocar, do your staff ever check their facts?

4 December 2015
... but you can guarantee whatever they realease will feel a whole lot more special than the Tesla. A golf R will outrun most Caymans, but I can't imagine many would take the VW given a choice...

5 December 2015
Anyone else remember Autocar banging on about Porsche developing fuel cell cars? Not a mention since, and now it looks as though it was nothing but idle speculation all along. Truth is that very few manufacturers are developing products that fit the magazine's hydrogen narrative; even if the Mission E can be reworked to use a fuel cell at some later date, the company has made it pretty obvious that EV is now their priority (as if the challenge from Tesla wasn't obvious enough). A change of editorial stance is desperately needed given one of the most iconic names in the business has essentially just rubbished it.

5 December 2015
hedgecreep wrote:
Anyone else remember Autocar banging on about Porsche developing fuel cell cars? Not a mention since, and now it looks as though it was nothing but idle speculation all along. Truth is that very few manufacturers are developing products that fit the magazine's hydrogen narrative; even if the Mission E can be reworked to use a fuel cell at some later date, the company has made it pretty obvious that EV is now their priority (as if the challenge from Tesla wasn't obvious enough). A change of editorial stance is desperately needed given one of the most iconic names in the business has essentially just rubbished it.
Have they really "rubbished" it as you claim or do you not think that the development of fuel cells might just have been lost to the mass cut backs that the group is having to suffer due to their own actions??

XXXX's intellect just went POP!

6 December 2015
hedgecreep wrote:
...obvious that EV is now their priority (as if the challenge from Tesla wasn't obvious enough). .......the most iconic names in the business has essentially just rubbished it.
I don't think autocar are entirely to blame, they just report on leads from car companies that like to look like they're doing something, the hydrogen car is just a smoke screen to buy companies time to catch up on the likes of Telsa.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 December 2015
I for one think the car looks fantastic, and as a Porsche fan am looking forward to the company bringing this to the market place. I do like what Tesla has done and applaud their audacity to put the major manufacturers on the back foot, so this is a welcome move by Porsche and will make the premium EV market a more exciting place. Forget the Panamera, this is the car to look forward to! OK, time to start saving!!

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