The all-electric Porsche Mission E prototype is out and we at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora thought we would share what we know. The Mission E is out in public near Porsche’s German development center in Weissach so it seems like a good time to give a preview of what to expect from the Mission E in 2020.
Different Than the Panamera
As some of you know, Porsche sells the Panamera, which is a hybrid sedan. Yet, Porsche is not simply modifying the Panamera to create this new Mission E. The Mission E will have a lithium-ion battery making up its floorpan, much like the Tesla, between its two axles. It will have replica exhaust tips but do not be fooled, this is an all-electric Porsche.
There are rumors that the Mission E platform will be the basis for the all-electric SUV that Audi plans to put out soon. There is also talk that Lamborghini has an electric car in the works that models itself on the Mission E—but that could just be talk. It looks like the Mission E is the next big step in the all-electric field and others are taking notice.
The all-electric Porsche Mission E is expected to follow Porsche’s existing hierarchy, so you will likely see a Mission E S or a Mission E GTS. We don’t expect to see a Mission E Turbo though since the Mission is electric and won’t have turbos. The Mission E is likely to be offered initially with three power outputs: 402 hp, 536 hp, and 670 hp. The Mission E will also have all rear drive with electric motors at both the front and rear axles, much like the Tesla Model S does. Eventually, Porsche might offer a rear-drive, entry-level version of the Mission E, so be on the lookout.
A Smart Drivetrain
The all-electric drivetrain Mission E concept car features 605 hp, from the two permanent synchronous magnet motors on each axle. The motors are much like the ones used in the 919 LMP1 hybrid. You may remember that it is the one that won the Lemans three times and can recover heat-energy from braking. Porsche indicates that its concept can reach 60.5 mph in 3.5 seconds and 124 mph in less than 12 seconds.
The all-electric Porsche Mission E will probably have torque-vectoring and four-wheel steering. Porsche really wants this car to drive much like a true Porsche which is a great sign.
A Panamera Price
We expect that the Mission E pricing will start at the same level as the Panamera. In the United States, the Panamera base car begins at $85,000. The most expensive that a Panamera get is $190,000—the cost of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. The Mission E price range should sit in the middle of the Panamera and the 911. A base 911 Carrera starts at $91,000. Keep in mind that the rival to the Mission E, Tesla’s Model S 75D starts at $74,500 so the all-electric Porsche Mission E is going to be more.
Comes With 800-Volt Fast Charge
With more money, you should be getting more and Porsche is trying to deliver a longer distance and a shorter charge time with the Mission E. Tesla uses 480-volt charges that offer approximately 170 miles of driving distance and takes 30-minute to charge. Porsche is trying to produce an 800-volt system that will offer a range of 250 miles and only take 15 minutes to charge. Of course, they are trying to accomplish this using the common house plug.
According to Porsche, the concept car has 310 miles of driving range. Porsche did not indicate the size of the battery pack. It is important to note that electric vehicle testing in the US and Europe are different, so it is not yet clear how the Porsche Mission E will compare with the Tesla Model S.
Concept is a Preview of the Production Visuals
The futuristic look of the all-electric Porsche Mission E is combined with classic Porsche proportions and it is eye-catching. Thankfully the production car is expected to stick close to the slick look of the concept. There may be some minor variations, of course. That is generally the case with any production model but the idea that it will closely resemble the concept is exciting.
First in a Line of Electric Porsches
Apparently, Porsche has already started working on a smaller version of the Mission E because the Mission E has a scalable platform. Porsche may be looking at potential different body styles and Porsche may already be planning its next all-electric model. This means that the Mission E is a prelude to the future of Porsche vehicles.
The 911 may always have a flat-six behind the rear axle, but there is a possibility that the future Cayenne, Macan, and Panamera will be all-electric as well. The Mission E may be Porsche’s first fully electric car but it looks like it will be far from the last one we will see from them.
It Will Be on Sale by 2020
As long as there are no unexpected delays, we should see the all-electric Porsche Mission E coming off the production line by the end of 2019 for the 2020 model year. At the Frankfurt Model Show in 2019, there could be an unveiling if all goes well for Porsche. This was where the concept made waves back in 2015. It would be great to see it come full circle in 2019.
The Mission E is a groundbreaking foray for Porsche. It could be a big change for Porsche and their hardcore fans, but the changes could bring exciting things for the company and its customers. The all-electric Porsche Mission E is the first of what could be a great future for Porsche. We here at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora can’t wait to see these cars out on the road. If your Porsche is due for some work, contact us here for your Porsche’s needs. We take good care of our customers and their cars!