Electric cars embody efficiency. They exemplify the next step in vehicles for the road, from design to function to environmental awareness. The Porsche Mission E aspires the pioneer for sports cars of tomorrow: sports cars that are entirely electric and dedicated to performing above that grit and gristle of their contemporary competitors.
But it’s not here yet. With four years in the making, the Mission E was first introduced conceptually at the Frankfurt Auto Show four years ago and is set to debut in a year’s time, in 2019. Although the Mission E is yet to be released to the public, they’ve been teasing their new flagship sports car for quite a while
So What Should You Know About the
Porsche Mission E?
Descended from a reputable manufacturer, the Porsche Mission E is their very first bold line of electric cars, intended to broach a new reputation and quality for the electric car brand under the Porsche name.
The follow through on this, however, means for the Mission E to perform and offer a new level of functionality, convenience, and style for its driver. That being said, what is it about the Mission E that makes it stand out from the rest? What will make it the car of the future?
An Exercise in Speed
A Porsche needs to have speed, the thrill of racing through the night on an empty roadway. The need to fulfill that desire is met by the Porsche Mission E, with a 0-60 clocking in at right around the 3.5-second mark with room to spare for better times. That alone puts it on the upper scale of acceleration-based vehicles, outclassing most other cars on the field.
From the acceleration bringing the Porsche Mission E up to speed at lightning fast times, reaching its top speed of 155 mph in a little over twelve seconds. The high-class speed, acceleration, and iconic Porsche design designate the Mission E to be fit for a racetrack as well as the highway.
To add an extra topping to the Mission E speed array, Porsche asserts that it will be able to maintain top speed for longer periods than its competitors can. The focus of electric-based engineering for cars means that the longer it’s used, the more its battery is expended, the less it can work to its maximum capacity. The Porsche Mission E endeavors to get the most it can out of its impressive battery life for as long as it can, and in the fashion, outclass any other vehicle on the market.
In conjunction with speed, the maximum range that the Porsche Mission E can travel is just as important for long trips. Being knowledgeable about the distance the Mission E can travel between charges means the difference between getting home on time and being stranded on the roadside with a dead car in the blistering heat.
Thankfully, unless you’re planning on a super long-distance road trip with no charging stations in between, the Porsche Mission E will be able to effectively take you where you need to go with miles to spare.
Porsche’s electric sports car is capable of traveling up to 300 and 310 miles from its starting point. That range, combined with its advertised ability to travel at high speeds for longer than its opponents can, means overall shorter trips and better connection in the world.
Charging Your Car
Due to its electric nature, the Porsche Mission E can declare independence from traditional expensive gas station pit stops and allow you to fully charge your vehicle in the comfort of your own home.
Porsche advocates the Mission E’s ability to charge up to 80% of its full battery in 15 minutes, beating out its competitors in terms of charging speed. In addition to its impressive ability to charge quickly, the Mission E also has two different methods of charging: inductive and conventional.
The Porsche Mission E’s capability of inductive charging means that it can be charged without touching anything: no cables, wires, nothing. Completely hands-free, the inductive charging plate that can be installed in your garage means that all you need to do is park the Mission E over it and electricity will begin to be transferred wirelessly between the plate and the vehicle.
While inductive charging is impressive on its own, Porsche also includes the more conventional approach to charging the Mission E, as well as providing way stations to be able to charge your vehicle while on the road in case you have a travel destination in mind or just need a top off to reach home.
A Battery to Handle It All
To handle a sports car that demands such high performance, a high-voltage battery is just as necessary. The Porsche Mission E delivers with a battery that provides the capability of long, high-speed performance. The battery then supplies the necessary energy to two PSM high-performance motors, one on each axle, that provides around 600 horsepower to the car in total.
Due to the focus of the car’s performance being regulated to the undercarriage, providing a sleek, lightweight design, the Porsche Mission E also reputes a perfect center of gravity. The car can turn on a dime safely and is hard to flip, essentially, guaranteeing a comfortable and secure ride.
Iconic Porsche Design
While the Porsche Mission E is a step away from traditional vehicular design, especially when it comes to Porsche engines, its model and aesthetic follow hand-in-hand with what is to be expected from a Porsche vehicle.
The Mission E is a sleek-designed electric vehicle that is undeniably a beautiful sports car, featuring a sleek, impressive design with a smooth exterior that pulls the entirety of its external hardware, such as its headlights, brake lights, and charging port, into one seamless exterior that demands visual satisfaction. Even the doors, which swing wide open to allow easy entry in the vehicle, harken a sense of futurism.
Porsche has opted for an intriguing design decision: removing the side mirrors and opting for corner-set dashboard screens that display the road behind. This design choice not only allows for an aerodynamic design but also for a clearer, unobstructed view of the road behind you.
Porsche has designed an electric car that not only fulfills the faculties necessary for it to be a completely green vehicle but to also maintain the Porsche sense of aerodynamic style that the manufacturer is known for.
Exquisite Interior Design
If the exterior of the Porsche Mission E is an eye-catching aesthetic marvel, then the interior must be a comfortable, user-friendly experience for passengers and drivers alike.
A car that seats four, the streamlined build of an electric car allows for more space that otherwise would have been taken up by the engineering of its undercarriage. With a double-doors swinging open entrance, all occupants are treated to seats that match the aesthetic of the car: sleek, aerodynamic, fit for thrills and racing while maintaining comfort and safety to the utmost degree.
The driver, meanwhile, is treated to an entirely welcoming experience behind the wheel. Aimed to be both cognizant of the car’s various applications while remaining distraction-free, the display features an array of vehicular functions in an easily programmable, maintainable driver-oriented manner. From here the driver can monitor temperature, speed, enable phone calls, fuel efficiency, GPS, and whatever else they may deem important to keep an eye on.
What’s crucial is that the Porsche Mission E offers all of this without becoming a driving hazard, engineered to move through its menus via eye tracking and buttons on the steering wheel for, while also adjusting with a dynamic display to where the driver moves.
Incorporating the slew of modern technology that can benefit a driver and give them total control of their vehicle has the tendency to risk being a distraction, but the Mission E delivers on the assurance that interior control and exterior safety can be intertwined.
Since the Porsche Mission E has yet to have an official launch, there are no concrete numbers regarding its final cost. However, early reports are of the consensus that it will be somewhere in the ballpark of $75,000 to $80,000. While no cheap car, it’s to be expected from a manufacturer that deals in high-quality vehicles.
Is It Worth Looking Forward To?
Porsche has been working on this vehicle for the past four years, and perhaps longer, to ensure that they can bring the concept of electric sports cars to a new level, advancing the curve for the future.
Though we will have to wait and see how well the Porsche Mission E performs once it’s officially released to the public, by all accounts thus far, there’s a lot to hope for, and a lot to look forward to once the Mission E hits the markets.
As of now, it’s looking to be a cut above their competitors, and looking to push the future of electric cars forward.