Porsche Mission E EV to go head-to-head with Tesla

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 5, 2016

Since the release of the Tesla Model S, this electric sedan has become one of the leaders in the EV market. It was first introduced to the public in 2012 and has since set the bar for EVs in Tesla’s own production line as well as competitors in the likes of BMW and now, Porsche.

The Tesla Model S is considered a “supercar killer” since its faceoff with Ferrari 550 in a Street Battle. With the P85D, the EV sedan’s extra motor boosted its power to 691 ponies and 687 lb.-ft. torque thus producing a top speed of 155 mph. It zoomed from 0 to 62 mph in just a matter of 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph and a quarter-mile time of only 11.8 seconds.

Despite having a 485-horsepower 5.5-liter V12, the Ferrari 550 was only able to get a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.2 seconds – a heart-breaking difference of only 1 second. Tesla has definitely upped the quality of their EVs, no wonder people are clamouring to own one despite being too pricey.

However powerful the Model S may seem, there are some dark clouds in the horizon for Tesla. Joining the EV competition is German automaker Porsche and it looks like it aims to topple Tesla’s reign in the EV arena.

Porsche is currently working on a concept EV called the Mission E. After being introduced to the public at Volkswagen’s Group Night festivities in Frankfurt, the Mission E concept car has stirred the public’s interest. As much as this is still a concept car, the Mission E possesses promise to deliver the best in the EV market aside from the fact that it is aimed to compete with Tesla’s Model S.

In terms of looks, Porsche claims that the Mission E has what it takes to beat Tesla’s Model S, X and 3. The concept car is being developed in Stuttgart, popularly known to be the breeding ground for powerful Porsche cars, a place where quality, refinement and overall reliability are priorities.

The Mission E is designed to have 600 horsepower distributed to all four wheels and should give a crunch time of less than 3.5-seconds in the 0 to 62 mph category. Also, it will feature a 310-mile all-electric range and is gunning for a sub 8-minute lap at the Nurburgring circuit.

As much as these features may fall short of Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode (with 762 ponies and a 2.8-second zero-to-sixty sprint), Porsche will hit it right where it would hurt the American automaker the most – its charging socket. The Mission E is designed to endure longer; with its battery only at 80%, it can provide a 250-mile range. Compared to Tesla’s Supercharger which takes 30 minutes to have a 170-mile range, Porsche is developing a conceptual system by using 800 volts instead of the 480-volt Supercharger plug. Mission E will run wild and free without overheating its batteries and power control module, and you wouldn’t have to worry.

We’re just hoping Porsche pushes through with this project. What a spectacle it would be to get these powerful EVs to compete against each other. Until then, we’ll keep tabs on Mission E updates.

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