First unveiled as a concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche plans to roll out its Mission E electric cars to rival the Tesla Model S by 2020. It’s Porsche through and through, combining stunning design, excellent performance and forward-thinking. The Mission E will boast the first 800-Volt drive system – twice that of any of today’s EVs – that the German manufacturer says will recharge to 80-percent after just 15 minutes, providing around 250 miles of range.
Four doors, four single seats, all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, no mirrors! The Mission E will be packed with innovation, including inductive charging as the future points to parking spots that feature charging pads. The battery to be charged is centrally mounted and runs the length of the wheelbase, sending power to front and rear permanent magnet synchronous motors, similar to those used in last year's Le Mans-winning 919 hybrid. Together, they produce over 600 horsepower, propel the Mission E from zero to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and provide a 310-mile range. By comparison, Tesla says its 400-Volt ‘Supercharger’ stations can ‘provide 170 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes'.
Instead of the traditional exterior mirrors, the Mission E will be equipped with cameras that feed displays of the world around in the bottom corners of the windscreen. Instruments are intuitively operated by eye-tracking cameras inside the vehicle to automatically adjust dashboard displays to the driver's position.
Though Porsche is undoubtedly working toward solving the concerns of slow charge times and so-called range anxiety that some drivers have with EVs, there are currently no 800-Volt charging stations anywhere. So we’ll likely see the Mission E on Jersey’s roads some considerable time before we see an 800-Volt charger on the roadside!