Porsche stunned the automotive world when it unveiled its Mission E electric sports car concept at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Here was an all new four door car with 300 miles of range and blistering performance. It touted an 800 kW charger that could fire up the battery to 80% capacity in just 15 minutes. It also had a wireless charging system built in for those times when rapid charging is not a priority.
Today, Porsche announced the Mission E will go into production. Chairman of the Porsche executive board, Dr. Oliver Blume, said in a press statement, “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.”
The Mission E starts with a roof line that any Porschephile will recognize instantly. It’s the classic shape of every Porsche sports car since the 911 was first introduced in 1963. But there, the resemblance ends. The Mission E is built on an all new chassis that mounts the battery as close to the road as possible for excellent handling. The car weighs 4,400 lbs (a half ton less than a Tesal Model S) and can blister its way to 100 mph in 3.2 seconds. But its passengers will be cosseted in the utmost elegance and comfort while it does so. The new chassis utilizes many of the carbon fiber fabrication and bonding techniques Porsche pioneered on its now discontinued 918 Spyder.
Uwe Hück, deputy chairman of the Porsche supervisory board enthused, “A day to celebrate! Yes, we did it! We brought Mission E to Zuffenhausen and Weissach where the future has tradition. The workers’ side made the employer’s side an offer that they couldn’t refuse. This heralds the dawn of a new age in Zuffenhausen and Weissach.”
Wolfgang Hatz, head of research and development at Porsche, said when the concept was revealed in Frankfurt, “We always said that when we do an electric car, it would be a true sports car. We also said it would offer the performance traditional Porsche buyers demand. We have achieved both goals, while providing it with everyday practicality and an exceptional range.”
It is common knowledge that Tesla is working on a new Roadster for delivery in 2019 or so. Porsche’s chairman of the board, none other than Wolfgang Porsche himself, said today, “With Mission E, we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand. Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car.” In other words, Elon, if you are planning to challenge the might of Porsche, better bring your A game!