This story about the Porsche Mission E was first published by Gas2.
Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show (IAA), Porsche boss Oliver Blume recently told the press the company’s upcoming Mission E dual-motor, four-door, four-passenger electric car will go on sale in 2019 and will be priced like an “entry-level Panamera” — the Porsche sedan that starts at $85,000. It is no coincidence that the Tesla Model S 100D also has dual motors and begins at $87,200.
Tesla is clearly the target for the Porsche Mission E, which is interesting when you think about it. The Model S has only been on sale for about 5 years but already it has become enough of a thorn in Porsche’s side that the German company is investing €700 million to build a new production facility at its Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen facility. It expects to add 1,000 workers to build the Mission E and is expanding its engine factory to build more electric motors.
Comparisons between the Porsche Mission E and the Tesla Model S are bound to happen. The Porsche, with its low-slung, 911-inspired styling may get the nod in the looks department. It depends who you ask. The interior will also feature such gee wizardry as Minority Report-like gesture controls for its infotainment and climate systems. Blume claims a 0 to 100 kilometer per hour speed of 3.5 seconds, a 0 to 200 km/h speed of 12 seconds, a range of 300 miles, and a top speed of more than 155 miles per hour.
Blume says the Mission E will come standard with the ability to recharge its battery to 80% capacity in a mere 15 minutes using an 800 volt, 350 kW charger. That’s wonderful news, except that Tesla will have 10,000 of its Superchargers in operation before the end of this year. Porsche has about three of its high-power chargers installed in and around its headquarters. Advantage, Tesla.
(Note: Porsche’s first 350 kW charging station was installed at its new Berlin headquarters but isn’t operational yet. One or a few stations, of course, is simply not comparable to a Tesla Supercharger network for the basic purpose of such charging, but you can see what Porsche is doing here.)
Blume says, “The design is fixed. It is very close to what you saw two years ago at Frankfurt. It will be exciting but a bit different from the concept.” He expects pre-production prototypes to be travelling in and around Stuttgart in the very near future as the company gears up for production. Porsche is contemplating other electric car models based on the Mission E chassis and technology but is keeping those plans under wraps for the time being. First things first.
So, assuming you have around 90 Large to spend on an electric car, which would you choose, the Porsche or the Tesla? Let the games begin!
Source: Car Magazine