Thanks to our sharp eyed European correspondent, Lief Hansen, we are able to bring you a photograph of a Porsche Mission E arriving in Norway for a private showing to Porsche dealers this week. The company has posted 20 photos of the car to a closed Facebook group, but Lief spied several of them in a story published by Side3, a Norwegian news site.
Norway has some of the most ambitious goals and incentives for electric car buyers. As a result, it has become a top market for Tesla products. Porsche obviously wants in on the action and expects Norway’s favorable economic climate will make the Mission E — which will sell for about the same money as a Tesla Model S — a hit with Norwegian drivers.
The car seen here is the same as the concept seen at the recent Frankfurt auto show. Side3 reports chatter on Facebook suggests the production car will lose the “suicide doors” at the rear in favor of doors mounted in traditional fashion. The production car will have seating for five rather than four, according to rumors, and will come with three battery options. The base car with the smallest battery will retail for about $86,000, according to Porsche boss Oliver Blume.
Porsche claims the Mission E will be capable of an 80% charge in as little as 15 minutes, thanks to an 800 volt charging system. It is reported to have a range of 400 miles, although specifics about range with all battery options have not yet been made public. The car has a claimed 600 horsepower with performance to match. The quoted range is in the New European Testing Cycle. Actual EPA range will likely be very similar to the Model S 100 — 315 miles or so.
Whether it will be able to reach the stunning acceleration attributed to the mighty Model S P100D remains to be seen, but keep in mind that 0-60 times are only one measure of performance. It is unlikely the Mission E will leave many wishing for more.
Note: I sent a request to the Porsche Mission E Norway Facebook group asking to be granted access to their page. Ten minutes later, I was approved. Apparently, their membership standards are quite lax!
Source: Side3 Photo credits: Facebook via Side3