Porsche Puts Tesla on Notice With Mission E Concept

Porsche has been progressively dipping its toes deeper into the water with electrification, and with the Mission E Concept, it dives right in.

The all-wheel-drive, four-wheel-steering electric sedan boasts 600 horsepower (440 kilowatts), 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds, 200 km/h in under 12 seconds, and Porsche says it can lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in under 8 minutes.

Range is estimated at 500 kilometers (310 miles) on the NEDC cycle, roughly matching the Tesla Model S, depending on configuration.

“The drive system of the Mission E is entirely new, yet it is typical Porsche, i.e. proven in motor racing,” says the automaker. “Two permanently-excited synchronous motors (PSM) – similar to those used in this year’s Le Mans victor, the 919 hybrid – accelerate the sports car and recover braking energy. The best proof of a Porsche is 24 hours of top racing performance and a 1-2 finish.”

That means this is quick. The Nurburgring time is around one minute longer than a Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid hypercar, but one of the fastest times for a sedan, and faster than high-eight-minute times we’ve seen to date for a Tesla P85D, though that time may be reduced.

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Seeking to top Tesla in other ways, the Porsche concept recharges its 800-volt drive system in just 15 minutes to 80-percent charge.

“Doubling the voltage – compared to today’s electric vehicles that operate at 400 volts – offers multiple advantages: shorter charging times and lower weight, because lighter, smaller gauge copper cables are sufficient for energy transport,” says Porsche.

Specifics on the high-power recharging system were not divulged, but Porsche cannot call it “Supercharging” since Tesla already owns that name, so this is called “Porsche Turbo Charging” for the double-the-voltage system.

Drivers will be able to charge with a conventional 400-volt quick-charging station, says the automaker, or of course, it may be plugged into level 2 or level 1 – wirelessly, at home via inductive charging.

The vehicle is otherwise promising no compromises for Porsche clientele with lithium-ion batteries low in the chassis comprised of aluminum, steel and carbon fiber.

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“The battery mounted in the car’s underbody, which is based on the latest lithium-ion technology, runs the whole length between the front and rear axles,” says Porsche. “This distributes its weight to the two drive axles uniformly, resulting in exceptionally good balance. In addition, it makes the sports car’s centre of gravity extremely low.”

The body’s height is comparable to the 911, and the car rolls on carbon fiber wheels, 21-inch in front, 22-inch in back.

Inside, the future is now with a holographic display, eye-tracking technology and a mood tracker.

The car will know what gauge you are looking at by tracking your eyes and enables the driver to hit a button on the menu and access the gauge being focused upon.

Mounted to the rear view mirror is a camera mounted that enables the car to determine the driver’s moods and change a small emoticon on the corner of the mirror to mimic it.

Production plans have not been announced.