Porsche Mission E – Everything We Know

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Porsche Mission E

From design to performance, here are all the juicy details surrounding Porsche’s first-ever electric sedan.

Porsche is on a mission; that mission is to bring to market an electric vehicle that is both better looking and more advanced than some of its closest competitors, particularly Tesla. For the first time in the German automaker’s long and storied history, which dates back more than 86 years, Porsche will offer an electric vehicle in the form of the Mission E. And it promises to be a pretty big deal.

Porsche Mission E

Previewed initially at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche is finally putting the finishing touches on the production version more than two years later. Spy photos have given us our best look yet at the upcoming EV – most recently putting its performance credentials to the test on the Nurburgring – and in preparation, Porsche has invested more money and even more manpower into its facilities.

Admittedly, we’re still more than a year away from an official debut, but until then, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Porsche Mission E.

What Is It?

The Porsche Mission E will be the first fully electric vehicle in the German automaker’s lineup, and represents a huge technological step forward for the storied sports car maker. The concept, which made its initial debut in 2015, was highlighted by a simplistic, modern design, with unique elements like the headlights and grille (or lack thereof) making up most of the defining features.

Those same modern design elements and advanced features should make their way to the production version when it debuts. Don’t expect an exact copy of the concept, though, as spy photos have proposed a vehicle more in line with the current Porsche lineup, drawing similarities to cars like the 718 Cayman and the Panamera, specifically.

What Does It Look Like?

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New shots of the Mission E prototype mule out testing

We’re not exactly sure what the production version of the Mission E will look like, but our rendering artists have pieced together an early look at the proposed production model nonetheless. Using spy photos and the original concept as its base, the rendering previews a vehicle that draws obvious cues from the 2015 concept, as well as a few elements from the rest of the lineup.

The front fascia will be highlighted by a long, sloping hood similar to the Panamera, with a small vent located between the front splitter and the license plate frame, similar to the original concept. Something similar to the quad LED headlight design is expected to carry over, as we’ve seen on other Porsche vehicles like the new Cayenne SUV, with the possibility for accenting vertical vents at each corner.

Many of the same design elements on the rear of the vehicle should carry over from the Mission E concept, as well as the futuristic-looking, luxurious cabin.

What’s Under The Hood?

Given that the Mission E will be Porsche’s first true EV, it should come with a powertrain similar to the one we saw on the original concept in 2015.

The Mission E concept produced 590 horsepower (400 kilowatts) and achieved a range of 310 miles (500 kilometers) on a single charge in the NEDC range test. The company even claimed it was able to hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in less than 3.5 seconds. All that performance should make the Mission E a pretty potent machine, especially on the Nürburgring where it has been spotted testing multiple times.

An ultra-fast 800-volt charger would be capable of recharging the floor-mounted battery pack to 80 percent in just 15 minutes. Porsche also announced an in-floor wireless induction charging system, which is rumored to make its debut just a few months after the production model of the Mission E is shown.

How Much Will It Cost?

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Prototype Porsche Mission E out testing with Teslas

Porsche has already made it perfectly clear that Mission E will be “priced like an entry-level Panamera,” which should be somewhere around $85,000. The electric sedan will be positioned between the Panamera and the 911 within the Porsche portfolio, and will compete directly with cars like the Tesla Model S, which starts at $69,500.

But it should be worth it. Advanced powertrain and elegant exterior design aside, the cabin promises to be one of the most modern and technologically advanced examples yet. The original concept previewed features like spaceship-inspired seats, a fully digital instrument cluster, and an offering of luxurious materials throughout.

Where Will It Be Built?

The Mission E will be built at Porsche’s Stuttgart manufacturing facility. In preparation, the automaker will hire more than 1,400 people in Germany to assist in development of the new vehicle. A portion of those 1,400 employees will include more than 100 IT specialists, production planners, and additional apprentices. Porsche is also investing €700 million (approximately $825 million) into its Weissach development center where the Mission E will see most of its engineering.

When Will We See It?

Rumor has it that the Porsche Mission E will make its production debut sometime in 2019 as a 2020 model before going on sale later in the same year. The 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show seems like an ideal location for the German marque to debut its new sedan, but don’t discount Geneva in March, or even Los Angeles later in the year.

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27 responses to "Porsche Mission E – Everything We Know"

  1. Al says:

    Please hurry!

  2. Terawatt says:

    Exciting car! I think Porsche will pull out all the stops to ensure it’s a special car, a true Porsche, and not just another EV.

    Both the 800V and the wireless charging are very significant steps towards an EV not just with less compromise, but still greater convenience. I truly believe that wireless charging will make the current plugging in practice look decidedly clunky and even a bit stupid once we get used to it. It will feel like magic at first to just park and then find the car recharged, but even when that wears off nobody who’s had this will be able to plug in without feeling like it’s a drag!

    And the best thing is neither of these two innovations are major cost drivers. We can expect to find the same tech in cheap EVs just a few years later. Goodbye fossil cars, and good riddance!

    1. Birger says:

      There is a problem and that is efficiency. What is it now, max 80% ?

      1. Kevin Bohacz says:

        Agree 100% about the 80%

      2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

        Who cares about efficiency of $100k car? This electricity is tiny fraction of TCO/cost/resources/energy/whatever used to make the car and its battery in the first place.

        1. Clive says:

          Instead of sawing logs why don’t you look at the bigger picture

  3. Porsche Fan says:

    I’m ready!

    Man. Debating if I should skip the model 3 and go for this instead. But it’s too far out.

    1. Counterpoint says:

      The Model 3 and Mission E are in different price classes. Mission E should be directly competing with Model S, according to the article, and you can get a Model S today.

  4. georgeS says:

    I’d like to know who makes the battery and what the chemistry is.

    also how its energy density compares.

  5. Kamran says:

    Porsche knows how to build cars. The only thing Tesla has going for it is that it is electric. My neighbor bout a new 2017 Model S and has had it back to their service center 3 times in 4 months. If you at build quality Tesla is a very long way off. The Germans have the advantage of being late to the party so they can can understand and capitalize on newer technologies. Combined with their far superior quality manufacturing capability, I suspect Tesla will be going the way of Blackberry in about 4-5 years.

    1. tftf says:

      Agreed 100%.

      In addriin, Tesla has NO focus. Porsche/VW doesn’t dabble in everything:

      Tunnels, solar shingles, semi trucks, car networks, AI driving, stationary storage (both B2B and B2C).

      Where’s the focus at $TSLA? Model3 ramp?

      By 2018-25 there will be 100+ competing long-range EVs w high-speed charging.

      Same for batteries. Massive competition, thin margins.

    2. Clive says:

      There is no advantage being late to the party

      1. Scott Franco says:

        You get all the good food first?

  6. Kevin Bohacz says:

    There is something very that is missing in this Porsche picture. Where is the charging network? I own a Tesla Model S 100D and I can go almost anywhere without worrying about running out of juice. Porsche can built a great car and I would buy one in a heartbeat if they had a charging network. Porsche has zero experincing in building out a network that can compete with Tesla’s supercharger net.

    1. g says:

      Porsche will have a network of it’s Turbochargers in place by Mission E’s roll out that will be more numerous than what Tesla had in place at the roll out of the Model S, the network will continue to grow from there.

      1. John in AA says:

        I do hope they manage to stand up a credible charging network, but “more numerous than what Tesla had in place at the roll out of the Model S” seems like the definition of skating to where the puck was.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      Porsche charging network (and for that matter everybody’s else too, who learned in pre-school how to share their toys for mutual benefit, and use open standards as grown ups):
      https://insideevs.com/400-ultra-fast-350-kw-charging-stations-planned-by-4-automakers-in-europe/
      https://www.electrifyamerica.com/our-plan

  7. Michael Will says:

    ‘an electric vehicle that is both better looking and more advanced than some of its closest competitors, particularly Tesla.’

    Isch dont think so

    https://tesla.com/roadster convertible with 610 mile range, 0 to 60 in 1.9s, quartermile in 8.8s, top speed of above 250mph, taking reservations now for 2020, looking sexy af, four seats, all wheel drive

  8. James says:

    Really hate the Panamera design, hope it looks more like the prototype. Not crazy about the headlight design Porsche has been going with lately.

  9. bogdan says:

    This electric Panamera will be later than 2019, base price will be higher than $100k and the charging network won’t be deployed any time soon. Porsche has little interest in EV business.

    1. jpo234 says:

      > Porsche has little interest in EV business.

      This is patently false. The plan of Porsche CEO Oliver Blume is that by 2023 half of Porsches sales will be pure (not hybrid!) electric cars. The next generation Macan, Porsches best selling model, will probably electric only in 2022. Together with the Mission E and a CUV derivative of the Mission E this could be enough to reach that target.

      His marching orders from VW HQ are to transform Porsche into “a highly profitable German Tesla”.

  10. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Best looking Porsche 4 door sedan so far.

    Build it already!!!

  11. DPH says:

    New Roadster. Boom.

    1. jpo234 says:

      Not really. Very different cars.

  12. Scott Franco says:

    Judging by the new roadster intro, seems like Tesla and Porsche are talking to each other.

  13. Mister G says:

    Porsche is irrelevant LOL

  14. Morrisg says:

    You can bet that all the Porsche design plans will be reviewed after the Tesla Roadster reveal last night. Pure electric Porsches will definitely be in the mix as they have no other choice now that top end electric sports car performance has been demonstrated.

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