When Porsche unveiled the Mission E Concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, many have been left excited by the prospect of seeing and driving the carmaker’s first all-electric sports car. But, would sports car buyers still be excited to get a piece of the production version of the Mission E when it finally arrives in 2019?
It seems Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume is confident that the Mission E would attract a good number of buyers. As for the figure, Blume told Automobilwoche that he expects a huge demand for Porsche’s first all-electric pegged at a “calculated” number of 20,000 examples.
That would mean that the Mission E would be nearly as popular and nearly as sensational as Porsche’s best-seller – the 911. In 2015, Porsche delivers over 31,000 units of the 911 around the world, over 8,000 examples of which were turned over to their new owners in the United States. Delivering 20,000 units of the Mission E worldwide would be an ambitious objective for Porsche, at least for now.
Quite a number of factors are needed to be considered when calculating the demand for an electric vehicle like the Mission E all-electric sports car. However, we still cannot say if the factors would go with Porsche’s direction or not. So, whether Porsche could place 20,000 examples of the new Mission E into the hands of customers by the time of its launch remains unknown.
Take a quick look at what the new Porsche Mission E all-electric sports car could offer, and see if it really could achieve a demand of 20,000 examples, as Blume is expecting.
Boasting the signature Porsche emotional design, the Mission E all-electric sports car is touted as a green epitome of superior performance blended with the practicality of an 800-volt drive system. This four-door all-electric sports car comes with four single seats and is designed and developed to have over 600 hp (440 kW) of output sent to all wheels, allowing the Mission to sprint from zero to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. When fully charged, Mission E could travel up to 310 miles. Once drained, its owner just needs to recharge it in around 15 minutes to achieve an 80-percent charge. It features displays that could automatically adjust to the driver’s position.
These numbers pale in comparison with the P100D version of the Tesla Model S, which boasts of 760 hp (567KW) in output to zoom from nil to 60 mph in an incredible time of 2.5 seconds. When fully charged, the Tesla Model S P100D has a range of around 337 miles. However, we note that that the Mission E is still in concept form, and the final version of this all-electric sports car from Porsche could feature a significantly improved performance.
Meanwhile, Automobilwoche also reported that Michael Steiner, Porsche’s head of development, is currently working on the possibility of creating an all-electric version of the Porsche 718 Boxster.