With the reveal of the Porsche Taycan approaching fast, with the sweep of electrification across the car industry, let’s go back and see how this idea all began with Porsche: The Mission E Concept. In 2015, the Porsche Mission E Concept was revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show. This new concept was a huge jump from Porsche’s current lineup, it was 100% electric. At the time, Porsche had the Panamera S E-Hybrid, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and the closest thing they had to an electric sports car was the 918 Spyder, but the reveal of the Mission E concept was the first time Porsche had ever mentioned 100% electrification. Michael Mauer’s stunning design work and its all electric drivetrain made the Mission E Concept one of the most talked about cars at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.
Because the Mission E Concept was just a concept, many of the specifications weren’t 100% accurate. As a matter of fact, they might not even be relevant to the upcoming Taycan. For all we know, we could be getting just another electric sedan or maybe an even more powerful and stunning car like what happened with the Porsche Carrera GT concept. But despite the unknown, Porsche has given us some numbers. The Mission E runs 2 electric motors that produce over 590 horsepower and it features all wheel drive. This all sums up to a 0-100 kph (62 mph) in under 3.5 seconds. 200 kph (124 mph) is achieved in less than 12 seconds, onto a top speed of 155 mph.
Porsche’s goal is for the Mission E to be able to hit a range of 500 kilometers (311 miles) on a single charge having 800 Volts ready at a tap of the throttle. To charge the newly developed 90 Kilowatt hour battery, Porsche has devised a system called “Porsche Turbo Charging, which charges the battery to 80% in just 15 minutes. For comparison, a Tesla supercharger charges an 85 Kilowatt hour Tesla Model S to 100% in an hour and 15 minutes.
3 years after the reveal of the Porsche Mission E concept, Porsche revealed the Mission E Cross Turismo Concept at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show to stir up some discussion before the true reveal of the Taycan. Essentially, the Mission E Cross Turismo is a cross breed between the Mission E sedan and the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon. Michael Mauer, the designer of both the Mission E and the Cross Turismo, said that these concepts foreshadow a future Porsche lineup.
Speaking of Porsche’s plans for electrification, what are the plans for an electric 911? With electrification spreading to cars like the bubonic plague, why wouldn’t Porsche expand the 911 range by adding an electric option? The 911 has always been a 911 with its rear mounted Flat 6 and if Porsche were to incorporate batteries, I highly doubt it would be behind the rear axles for handling purposes. An electric 911 wouldn’t be a true 911, however, in order to keep up with the times, it is likely that by 2027 almost all of Porsche’s lineup will be fully electric. Porsche’s CEO, Oliver Blume has strongly stuck by his statement that the 911 will be the last Porsche to be completely converted to electrification, if it will even be necessary. A hybrid 911 however, is nearly here, rolling in with the facelifted 992 generation in 2023.
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