Porsche have confirmed that the Porsche Mission E Concept has been given the production green light. The implication is that the eventual production car will be the first 100% electrically powered Porsche! The Mission E will herald in a new era at the iconic German sportscar manufacturer.
The news comes in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal and at a time when the Volkswagen Group is keen to push its environmental credentials. The Mission E which debuted at Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 earlier this year featured a lithium battery system pushing 600 hp and a range of 500 km. The unique charging system charges up to 80% in just 15 minutes.
The Porsche Mission E Concept as presented at Frankfurt looks like a Tesla Model S fighter. It shares Panamera looks a four door design, yet it sits noticeably lower, as though it has been out in the sun for too long!
Porsche has been investing heavily in its Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen facility, investing around 700 million euros. Over the next few years, a new paint shop and a new assembly plant will be built, the existing engine factory is set to be expanded and the existing body shop is also being enlarged. The Weissach development centre is also set to benefit from the investment.
Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG said: “With Mission E, we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand. Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car.”