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Porsche Mission E: New Fully Electric Sports Car By 2020

The brand's first electric sports car is set to boast 600bhp and hit 0-62mph in less than 3.5 seconds.

Power & speed

The Porsche Mission E electric sports car will launch by 2020 and represent: “A new chapter in the history of the sports car”, its manufacturer said.

The Mission E – that was revealed at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2015 – has 4 doors, 4 seats and styling reminiscent of the Porsche 911.

This fashion statement also: “Combines outstanding driving performance with trendsetting day-to-day practicality, Porsche claimed. Power comes courtesy of 2 electric motors mounted to the axles that produce 600hp.

0-62mph takes less than 3.5 seconds and top speed is 155mph+. The Mission E also has 4-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-steering. 

Porsche Mission E

Battery & charging

The Porsche Mission E battery is mounted beneath its floor and provides a maximum range of 310 miles. Once flat, it can be recharged via an 800 volt unit that is: “Twice as powerful as today's quick-charge systems”, Porsche claimed.

The connector is concealed within the front wing. This power plant – that was designed for the vehicle and is somewhat rare – completes an 80% charge in 15 minutes.

Alternatives include a slower public port, or a wireless charger buried within the floor of (say) a garage or driveway. The latter enables motorists to park above the unit which creates a magnetic field to recharge the battery without the cable.

Porsche Mission E

Cabin & equipment

Porsche Mission E cabin access comes via counter-opening doors that: “Provide an unimpaired view of a monocoque-like structure”, the manufacturer said.

It incorporates bucket-look race seats that save weight and provide passengers with: “The appropriate lateral support to match the driving dynamics of the car”. The cabin also lacks a transmission tunnel – unlike most cars - which increases space and: “Imparts a lighter, more generously proportioned ambient feeling”.

A digital display spans the width of the dashboard and incorporates round instruments. It complements a tablet-style interface which rests flat in front of the automatic gearbox lever. 

But the Mission E cabin is more than stylish. The dynamic display system moves the placing of the instruments to suit the motorist's position. Move to the left and the dials follow, for example.

Systems can be controlled by buttons, eye movement and gesture. Porsche said: “Everything works directly, quickly and intuitively.”

Porsche Mission E

Manufacturer's view

Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board, Dr. Oliver Blume, said: "We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility. Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment."