Porsche Mission E sedan
Elon Musk and Tesla have had the field of performance e-cars all to their own. Indeed, the visionary Musk has made us think about electric cars in a way the Chevy Volt driver never could. He made them sleek, stylish, and sexy as hell. He made them an object of our dreams, rather than just the way to go from here to there without a stop at the Shell station. Musk and Tesla have made us reach for the stars while we watch the future of cars become the present of cars. Now, though, there may be competition on the horizon. Coming, with a load of attitude on board, is Porsche. They have something to say about this field of endeavor. They intend to say it with speed and style. Enter, the Mission E. Gildshire sought answers.
No one can say Porsche is lacking when it comes to backing up their ideas with money. By 2025, the company expects to put more than 80 new e-cars on the market. These will include 50 electric-only cars and 30 plug-in hybrids. The German automaker plans to invest $7.4 billion over the next four years into electro-mobility, with about $6.2 million going toward the development of electric vehicles under the Mission E program. For now, though, the Mission E sedan is the bell cow for the program.
What is it like? How does it drive? How much will it cost? Can it beat a Tesla in performance or e-car refinements? Those were the questions we had, as well.
The Mission E four-seat electric sedan accelerates from 0-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, covering 310 miles on a single charge battery with no loss of performance. Those numbers compare favorably with Tesla numbers. The Tesla S is slightly faster, while the Mission E rates slightly better in terms of range.
One of the main differences between the Mission E and its competitors will be the charging time. With an 800-volt battery, it can recover 80 percent of a battery charge in just 15 minutes for a journey of around 250 miles. That’s half the time of the Tesla! Pricewise, expect the Mission E to cost about $75,000 or, about the same as Tesla S.
While the issue of charging stations and geographic coverage of same still need to be worked out, Porsche’s new venture appears to be on solid footing. It is said that competition only makes both competitors stronger, so we expect that to be the case in this tussle between the Titans of e-car tech. We’ll stay atop the developments.