Porsche Previews Concept for Future Electric Car


Porsche is getting ready to enter the all-electric sedan fray, showing off a battery-electric four-door coupe concept at the Frankfurt motor show. Called the Mission E, the concept could preview a future production model that would give the Tesla Model S a run for its money. In addition to running on an 800-volt system, the concept makes more than 590 hp and has a Porsche-estimated range of 311 miles.

The Mission E looks almost like a four-door 918 Spyder from the front, with its extra-wide fenders and signature quad-LED headlights. The concept measures just 51.2 inches tall with a radically swept roofline that gives it a true fastback look unlike the current Panamera. The lack of a B-pillar gives the Mission E a clean profile, while air inlets and outlets in the front fascia and fenders help it reduce lift and cut through the air. The concept rides on amply sized 21-inch front alloy wheels and 22-inch rears.

But the real magic happens underneath the sheetmetal. The Mission E utilizes an 800-volt drive system, which Porsche claims is the first of its kind. Today’s EV’s rely on 400-volt systems. Two permanently-excited synchronous electric motors similar to the units used in the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP racer supply more than 590 hp, allowing for acceleration from 0-62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. The drive system is capable of delivering its full power even after multiple bursts of acceleration, according to Porsche. The concept also benefits from need-based all-wheel drive with Porsche Torque Vectoring, which can automatically send torque to individual wheels. In addition, the Mission E features all-wheel steering. All of this equipment helped the concept lap the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in under eight minutes, Porsche claims.

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SOURCE: Motor Trend, Alex Nishimoto

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