Porsche is gunning for Tesla Motors. The company has announced plans to build its first all-electric vehicle, taking on industry-leading Tesla Motors with a model that’s set to accelerate faster than Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car.
The all-electric concept car, which will be called the Mission E, is expected to have more than 600 horsepower or 440 kilowatts in system power. It will go from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, and will offer a range of up to 310 miles on a single charge. The car, which unveiled at the recent Frankfurt auto show, will hit the road by the year 2020.
The Mission E concept car featured two permanent magnet synchronous motors, and an all-wheel drive with torque vectoring and four-wheeling steering. Compared to Tesla’ Model S, the Porsche Mission E concept car will offer a bit less power and much slower acceleration time, but the German-made sports car wins on range. In addition to range, Porsche has another big advantage. Its battery can reach 80 percent of capacity in about 15 minutes, about half the time needed by Tesla’s Model S to recharge for a 270-km (168-mile) driving range
Porsche created a ton of buzz at the recent Frankfurt auto show when it unveiled the four-seater Porsche Mission E all-electric concept car, whose acceleration of 100 kilometers per hour in less than 3.5 seconds beats the Porsche 911’s 4.2 seconds to reach that speed.
One of the most unique and amazing features of the Mission E is the special 800-volt charger that is twice as powerful as today’s quick-charge systems. The company says that it can feed power the car an 80 percent charge in just 15 minutes, about twice as fast as market leader Tesla Motors. The Mission E’s two lithium-ion batteries are mounted at the car’s underbody between the front and rear axles. It can be charged wirelessly by induction via a specially-designed coil set into a garage floor.
Porsche, which is owned by German-based automaker Volkswagen Group, has approved a $1.09 billion project to produce the electric-powered sports car. Porsche's $1 billion investment will also include a new paint and assembly plant to support the production of the Mission E project and the expansion of the company’s existing engine factory to handle production of the electric motors. The Mission E will be manufactured at the company’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen facility and will create 1,000 jobs.
In addition, Porsche also announced that it will invest an undisclosed amount in its Weissach development facility as part of the Porsche Mission E project. This could be Porsche’s first all-electric car in the market, but it won’t hit the road until 2020.
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