Debuting in the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche launched what it terms as a tribute to tomorrow, an all-electric four-door sports car: the Mission E. Since then, Porsche has been given the go-ahead for production of plug-in hybrid models based on the Mission E concept.
The Mission E concept is a four-door sports car that Porsche claims can go up to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, and can even complete a lap on the Nurburgring track under eight minutes. A low mounted battery that takes around fifteen minutes to charge to 80 per cent, LED bars for tails, and a matte ivory finish(drool!) are the cherries on top of the electric Porsche cake. What’s more, Porsche’s conceptual inductive charger( a charger that uses an electromagnetic field to charge a device rather than wires) gives Tesla’s Model S a serious run for its money.
That, however, is not where the competition ends. The Mission E, as of now, is a little behind the Model S where speed is concerned— the Model S, according to the EPA standards, can go from zero to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds. But it seems determined to take on Tesla, or any other EV for that matter. According to Porsche board chairman, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, “We are making a clear statement about the future of the brand [with the Mission E]. Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car.”
A new plant is to be developed for the purpose of production which is worth 700 million Euros alone. The production of this car is definitely based mostly on the Mission E, but there are also hints of the 911 (agile steering and rear-hinged doors) and the 919 Hybrid (rapid battery charge). Moreover, there’s speculation that the next generation Panamera could be inspired by the Mission E, although Porsche wasn’t upfront about it.
The interior of the Porsche consists of an OLED-riddled dashboard, an eye-tracking feature, and intelligent holograms that enable touch-free gesture control that operates entertainment systems as well as HVAC. Another sci-fi-y feature (if that’s even a word) is the replacement of side view mirrors with cameras that display feeds in the bottom corner of the windshield.
The Mission E is set to go under full-scale production by the year 2020.