Porsche's all-electric Tesla Model S rival is scheduled to go on sale in three years; new spy shots suggest development is on track
11 January 2017

Development of the electric Porsche Mission E is well underway, as evidenced by pictures of a Panamera-based car testing in the Arctic Circle.

The Tesla Model S-rivalling model, which is referred to as J1 internally and nicknamed Pajun (Panamera Junior) by the media, was given the green light for production in 2015 and is set to go on sale in 2020.

It has been conceived to sit on a bespoke platform designed to accommodate a lithium ion battery pack capable of providing the car with a range of more than 330 miles. In combination with two electric motors, the sleek four-door promises a 0-62mph time of just 3.5sec.

The new platform is said to be separate to the structure being developed by parent company Volkswagen for its new range of electric cars, which includes a production version of the Budd-E concept first seen last year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

This week's Mission E test car has exhaust pipes, but they are likely left on due to the fact the body is borrowed from a Panamera. The lack of dirt on them supports that they're not functional.

Heading development of the zero-emissions Porsche is Stefan Weckbach, who previously led product strategy and more recently was responsible for the development of the Boxster.

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9 February 2016
An electric Porsche will always be nothing more than a sop to the over-bearing regulators, crossed with a PR stunt. It exists only because the main range of ICE Porsches is profitable enough to subsidise it. However it is mildly interesting because it suggests VW think battery power might just be a medium-term possibility in the luxury sector. Unfortunately this would appear to have little significance for the mass-market, where it is unlikely to ever be a serious player. It's not just that it's too expensive, inflexible and non-scalable, it's that the "trickle down" effect tends to work in reverse for prime movers. Premium ones like the V8 generally cannot "trickle down" to the mass-market but common-or-garden diesel, for instance, has certainly risen up and conquered the premium sector.

9 February 2016
Norma, how quaint!

9 February 2016
It might be their best car ever but you'll put it down before even seeing one just because it's a plug-In. "It exists only because the main range of ICE Porsches is profitable enough to subsidise it" No, it exists because the Telsa, which has come from nowhere, is out-selling the Panamera in America.

As for ".... little significance for the mass-market, where it is unlikely to ever be a serious player. It's not just that it's too expensive" Nissan Leaf, 2p a mile expensive??


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9 February 2016
Norma, it takes one hard ride in a Tesla to prove that a future for electric cars exists - and for me at least, the prospect of an electric Porsche makes my mouth water.

9 February 2016
Porsche certainly have got their work cut out. As well as delivering a great car they also will have to deliver the corresponding infrastructure.

It's quite possible they'll use the 150kW charging infrastructure that BMW / VAG have been talking about. However the car manufacturers seem to be waiting for others to build this after they've agreed the standard. I suspect it might need them to take the lead (unless they can convince someone like Eon or ABB to take the lead).

Of course in 2020 Tesla will be far more advanced than they are now. Anyone who has driven an early model S and a current one will realise how far they've come in a few years.

9 February 2016
As a current Porsche owner I'm interested in this car, however it concerns me that the target specs (e.g. 0-60 time etc) are already inferior to the top spec Tesla.

Ok I'm sure the Porsche would handle better than the Tesla, but it still doesn't feel right that an expensive sporty Porsche would get beaten off the lights by a practical family car.

Hmmm, that does sound a bit childish I admit... but when it coems to it if you're going to spend a lot of money on a sports car then there is an element of Top Trumps about it.

9 February 2016
I get the feeling ludicrous mode is quite a long way from Porsche's engineering culture, with the need to pre heat the battery and use inconnel to cope with the extra power going through the system. In time though, they'll refine it and refine it until it's better. You wonder what the limiting factor will be though, as the tyres must be getting quite close to the limits of what they can handle in reducing the time down.

9 February 2016
But the Porsche estimate of 3.5s 0-60 isn't near 'Ludicrous' - it isn't even a match for 'Insane'.

10 February 2016

You're quite right, I should have checked more thoroughly.

Makes you wonder why, and I'm half thinking if it's the usual thing of choosing the performance to fit in with the model range. You can imagine the scenario now, with someone looking at a 911, and their partner pointing out that the more practical and similarly priced Mission E is quicker and the sale shifting that way. In the meantime the Porsche salesmen and top brass in Stuttgart are crestfallen that they're cannibalising sales from their higher margin 911.

11 January 2017
But these spy shots are not of the Mission E, but of a rumoured Cayenne Coupe, look at the ride height and overall height.


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