Test-driving the Porsche Mission E

Porsche electric Mission E concept

Automobile magazine contributor Georg Kacher recently got a chance to drive one of the few existing prototypes of Porsche’s Mission E, and was also able to glean some technical details about the upcoming EV.

Porsche told Kacher that every Mission E will have all-wheel drive at first – a rear-wheel-drive version may be offered in the future. There will be three performance levels: 536, 670, and 804 hp. The front motor will be the same in all versions, and will produce 160 kW at 16,000 rpm. Different rear motors will be used depending on the performance level. Porsche will use synchronous permanent magnet motors, which it says offer superior continuous performance in a smaller, lighter package. The powertrain also includes a two-speed transmission and an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential.

Porsche electric Mission E concept 2

The Mission E is not intended to challenge Tesla’s P100D as the fastest gun in town, but will get to 60 mph in a respectable 3.5 seconds. The battery chemistry and a complex battery cooling system are designed to let the Mission E handle high-speed driving on the Autobahn for an hour or more and still be capable of up to 300 miles of range. Top speed is 155 mph.

“This car is smog-free but is also a hoot to drive thanks to the low center of gravity, the dedicated air suspension, and the precise steering,” said Project Engineer Michael Behr. “Make no mistake: This is a proper Porsche through and through.”

Porsche has not finalized pricing, but sources say the base model will start between $75,000 and $80,000. The Mission E is scheduled to go on sale in 2019 as a 2020 model. Porsche plans to build 20,000 per year, but could increase that figure to 30,000 if demand is strong.


Source: Automobile via CleanTechnica

  • brian_gilbert

    Strange to announce a car so far ahead of production as its competivity is cannot be foreseen.

    • Joe Jackson

      do you mean competitors or competitiveness ? no such word as competivity.

      • brian_gilbert

        ANyone can create a word. If a significant number of people use it then it is added to dictionaries. There is no ‘ official’ dictionary.

    • Ramon A. Cardona

      Competivity? As to announcement now it is called publicity! Thanks

      • brian_gilbert

        Luxky for them it was not a diesel engined car.

  • Joe Jackson

    Glad to see someone has taken on board a gearbox has it’s advantages – even in an EV.

  • Arthur Burnside

    While developing the Tesla Model S, Tesla attempted to develeop an automatic two speed and failed miserably. If any car needed more than a single speed, it is an electric car.The Porsche Mission e, like all American and European and many Aian cars, uses th e CCS charging protocol, which has been uprated to 350KW and 500KW, versus Tesla’s much slower 120KW Supercharger.Porsche demonstrated the ability to rechrage twice as fast as Tesla. EvGo is installing 350KW CCS chargers coast to coast, even though there is not yet on the road any vehicle that can take advantage of their enormous power. Of course a 350KW charger can recharge any CCS vehicle that doesn’t require more than 350 KW. Obviously Porsche is going to build a higher performance EV to take on and equal or surpass the Tesla roadster or the 100P Model S. It may or may not happen to be the Mission e, their first EV.

    • Gary

      EvGo’s systems are mostly placed in high population areas. I can make it coast to coast (from the Northwest) on the Tesla system.. not even close with EvGo.

    • Don-Flyboy

      Just another Tesla Naysayer.
      Tesla (Elon Musk & Associates) has caused a revolution!! Should the newer vehicles be better? Certainly!! Of Course! But honestly, was it the “automotive establishment” that brought about a vehicle that is Earth Friendly? Hell no. Why? Too Stupid To Care!! And a lot of gas car nuts won’t buy EV’s…but many of us will switch. I have a Ford Focus EV as my daily driver (could not justify the cost of a Model S a few years ago). I will NEVER go back to a gas car. EV’s ARE Superior!! L-O-V-E that it has NONE of those “Regular Replacement Parts” nor pollution that all gas cars produce. (Coal is only 30% of US electricity, [and declining because we already burned up the good stuff and the soft dirtier bitumin is what’s left] so don’t give me that baloney about smokestack vs. tailpipe). If it were not for Tesla there would be little hope for your grandchildren’s Grandchildren to inherit a decent planet not headed to polluted failure because of an ignorant species far too immersed in greed and self aggrandizement. Enuf said.
      On the other hand, I personally doubt Elon’s vision of an “interplanetary humanity”, as we are evolved critters of this planet, this gravity level and this atmosphere. Mars gravity and a “manufactured” atmosphere (if it could even stay “attached” to MARS because of the low gravity)….simply will not support earth critters for long….they would take eons to evolve to thrive in that planet’s parameters…IMHO… (me being a retired Senior Engineer McDonnell/Boeing of 27 years). So, IMHO we really need to educate & re-establish humans as Shepherds of THIS planet (instead of murdering War Mongers) and look towards voluntary wiser birth control to reduce the human population to levels that are sustainable based on this planet’s resources. Can we mine the moon and other planets instead of polluting this one? Absolutely! We can rotate crews to reduce the effects of off earth activity.

    • Bob

      @Arther Burnside… Tesla is also part of the CCS consortium and unlike many other EV’s, Tesla can use ANY charging system so if CCS becomes a standard, I’m certain Tesla will provide a CCS adapter for it’s vehicles giving it access to all Tesla Superchargers as well as all the currently non-existent CCS 350kW chargers.
      Unfortunately, privately built charger stations are usually poorly maintained and often out of service when EV’s pull up for a drink of ev juice. The Tesla Charging network is both reliable and well placed in the US, Europe, China and other major global markets.

    • Cris Baker

      You say “Tesla’s sparsely spread Supercharger network.”

      Yet don’t Tesla have more superchargers in more places than the CCS network? So your statement is egregiously biased misinformation at its most outrageous….

      • Ed

        Crossing the US in a Tesla is already a snap. Here is where we expect Tesla to be by the end of 2018. Others will figure it out at some point, but remember this: commercial charger companies – not directly tied to an automotive maker – will want to put chargers in metro areas when there is lots of use…and revenue. Tesla’s chargers are located to allow city-to-city driving. Tesla is committed to clean transport ONLY…and that drives them to do this.


    • Ed

      And Tesla will surely sit still and let other car companies surpass them in technology, right?!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64ab166e80c708fba558ba0bb6d6dd7052b7ebeeb3f94322c8db42e44bcf298c.png I sincerely wish Porsche well, because their entrance into clean transport is a huge endorsement for “where we must go.” But….even though Tesla struggles because they must do so many new things themselves, they will not roll over a die in the face of Porsche’s entry.

    • Freepat 75014

      Ha ha…. And NOBODY has yet seen an end to end 350kW charge of any Mission E prototype… Bet 800V is not at all a trivial thing. Hence most of these to-be 800V / 350kW chargers are yet <400V / 150kW, up-gradable to 350kW… on day.
      And you seams to have missed Tesla MegaCharger plug during the Semi Truck announcement last month…With Modular 4 x 320 to 400kW DC pairs of very thick pins. This will make Mission E 800V chargers a lot less attractive by 2019/2020…

  • Freepat 75014

    Did he see a full SuperCharge of this Mission E at real 800 Volts and 350kW on a CCS-Combo charger capable to deliver this power and Voltage ????