The Frankfurt Motor Show was filled with incredible cars, both in production-ready and concept form. Of all the models on display, the Porsche Mission E Concept was certainly among the best of them. As Porsche’s first all-electric car, the future of performance vehicles looks brighter than ever. While Tesla has been a leader in this space for some time, the new Mission E Concept represents a new challenger that is beginning to redefine expectations for what is to come the performance category, for the reasons listed below, and several others.
310 Mile Driving Range
Performance is synonymous with Porsche, and we’ll get to that, but practicality certainly plays a pivotal role in the success of an all-electric sports car. With a 310-mile driving range on a full battery, charging stops will be few and far between in the Porsche Mission E Concept.
Half the Required Charging Time
Although a full charge will provide 300-plus miles of driving, the rate at which the Mission E Concept can be charged is truly astounding. By introducing 800-volt technology where most automakers operate at 400 volts, the Mission E Concept can gain about 250 miles of driving range in just 15 minutes of charging. This marks a record for electric vehicles. While the 800-volt charging is fastest, it can still be connected to 400-volt charging stations.
While the Mission E Concept can be charged via a conventional charging port, it can also be charged via inductive charging with no cords. With a coil embedded in the floor of a garage, energy can be referred to the coils on the car’s underbody to charge the vehicle.
More than 600 Horses
Similar to the dual magnet synchronous motors used in the Porsche 919 Hybrid — the reigning Le Mans champion —the Mission E Concept is capable of producing more than 600 horsepower and sprinting from zero to 100 km in just 3.5 seconds.
A holographic display, two 3D structuring layers, and eye-tracking and gesture controls are all part of the function of the Mission E’s interior. One of the most innovative aspects of the interior is the navigation of apps, which are stacked in virtual space and controlled through hand gestures. A center console touch display can also be used for more detailed options.
Although it’s not currently on sale, the Porsche Mission E is a shining example of what Porsche is capable of creating. As electric vehicles continue to become more mainstream, the technology built into tge Mission E-Concept will certainly begin to trickle into production models in the coming years.