Imagine Tesla innovation with German styling. The result is the stunning Porsche Mission E.
Porsche has finally entered the high-performance electric car game, which might indicate that we’re getting closer to the tipping point of electric vehicles. Earlier this week at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the prestigious German sports car manufacturer unveiled a stylish concept with soul to challenge U.S. pioneer Tesla motors.
According Porsche, the car has a range of 310 miles after a 15-minute charge and can blitz from 0 to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. This “Tesla Killer” reflects emotional sportiness in the best tradition of Porsche design, but the real app killer is the special 800-volt charging system. Via the 800-volt port, the battery can be charged to approximately 80 per cent of its capacity in around 15 minutes – faster than Tesla and a record time for electric vehicles.
Definitely not an autonomous car, the Mission E concept is nevertheless ultra-connected and packed with tons of sensors. Instruments are intuitively operated by eye-tracking and gesture control, some even via holograms, all highly oriented toward the driver by automatically adjusting the displays to the driver’s position. Instead of the classic door mirror, inconspicuous cameras are mounted on the sides that contribute to the car’s exceptional aerodynamics. The concept vehicle can also be configured externally from a tablet via Porsche Car Connect. Furthermore, Porsche Connect enables direct contact to a Porsche Centre for remote diagnostics or to schedule appointments.
The Porsche Mission E is for now just a concept, but Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s global head of research and development, expects it to be a production car within five years.