Porsche’s Tesla-fighting Mission E four-door sports car will be able to deliver 400 km of range after charging for just 15 minutes, the automaker revealed this past week at the Frankfurt auto show.
When the covers were first pulled off the concept in 2015, we knew that a recharge to 80-percent battery capacity would take just a quarter-of-an-hour; what we didn’t know, but what Porsche just let CAR Magazine in on, is that apparently “80-percent battery capacity” means about 400 km, or roughly 250 miles.
Those lithium-ion cells get all that juice that quickly thanks to a 350-kW charge rate. Back in 2015, Porsche promised wireless charging, by induction, would be an option, too, and full range would be roughly 500 km.
Also brought up-to-date has been the plan for the car’s release, which is now slated for 2019, almost certainly as a 2020 model.
Back when the concept bowed, Porsche had promised zero-to-100 km/h times of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph)—and it’s still sticking by those projected numbers. Added to that now, though, is the idea there may be performance variants a la an S or GTS, and perhaps even different body styles. Makes sense, considering the tech is apparently borrowed from Porsche’s 919 hybrid endurance LMP racecar.
The last new piece of data is the price, which will be base-level Panamera-like in the U.S., Porsche says, so somewhere around the $85,000 US mark. The automaker sees the car as slotting in between the Panamera and 911 in its range.
For comparison, the Mission E’s chief rival, the Tesla Model S costs about $94,000 in 100D trim, which gets you 540 km (335 miles) of range and a zero-to-100 km/h of 4.1 seconds.
Finally, if you’re wondering if the dramatic, eye-catching looks of the concept are destined for production, fear not. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told CAR it will be very close to, albeit not exactly the same as, the one we saw in 2015, calling it “exciting, but a little different from the concept.”
(via CAR Magazine)