Let the battle begin. Well, soon, anyway. Porsche is officially moving forward with the Mission E, it’s all-electric Tesla Model S fighter. The automaker says it will launch by the end of the decade, that means we should see it in dealerships by 2020.
Porsche first showed off the Mission E in Frankfurt earlier this fall. By the numbers, Porsche’s first all-electric sedan will deliver more than 600 horsepower and take you 0 to 62 mph in under 3.5 seconds with a top speed of about 155 mph. Porsche is talking a total range of around 310 miles per battery charge, that’s more than the Model S delivers. The standard Tesla Model S lists an EPA range of 267 miles and zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds. As far as power, Tesla’s Model SP85D Ludicrous mode gives you 762 hps. It’s also worth noting that the Model S offers new auto-pilot technology.
Porsche will not only be able to claim the longer range title, but it’s also using German tech to make it the charging winner as well. The Mission E concept will be able to charge in just 15 minutes using an 800-volt “Porsche Turbo Charging” system. That’s half the time it takes even with Tesla’s Superchargers. Porsche says it’s also working on optional equipment that would allow the vehicle to be ‘refueled’ wirelessly by induction via a coil which the owner could have installed beneath the garage floor.
“We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility. Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment,” says Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board, Dr. Oliver Blume.
The Mission E will be built in Germany and create 1,000 new jobs. Over the next few years, Porsche will build a new paint shop and a new assembly plant to build the sedan.