Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Porsche | posted September 15, 2015 12:30
All-electric Porsche Mission E concept revealed with 500km range, all-wheel steering
The Stuttgart-based automaker recently showcased their progress in making all-electric cars after unveiling the Mission E concept at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.
Billed by Porsche of combining unmistakable Porsche design with electric performance, the all-electric concept car features an 800-volt drive system (a world's first according to Porsche), all-wheel drive with all-wheel steering and a quick charging system that is capable of recharging the battery to 80% in just 15 minutes.
Categorized as a four-door sports saloon by Porsche, the Mission E concept's front end features a sleek and futuristic look that is comprised of a low-slung air inlet, matrix LED headlights, a sculpted hood reminiscent of the 911, and muscular front fenders. Moving to the side, it has two counter-opening doors in which the rear doors open 'suicide' style for easier ingress and egress. The absence of a B-pillar further extenuates the car's futuristic profile and as stated earlier, for better cabin access.
The rear design on the other hand somehow pays homage to the 959 with its wide windscreen, single strip taillight design and a diffuser-integrated rear bumper.
Inside the Mission E concept, Porsche claimed that the cabin was designed in such a way for the future. It has a minimalist, open-air layout and has better interior space than most cars as it lacks a transmission tunnel added the automaker. Analog controls and switches have been replaced with OLED screens that feature eye-tracking software which allows the system to monitor which instrument is the driver looking at.
It has four racing lightweight bucket seats that provide comfort and lateral support when on the limit, reminding occupants that the Mission E concept is an all-electric sports saloon. In addition, it has a holographic display that extends into the passenger's side. It houses and controls key cabin features including: infotainment, climate control, navigation and phone contacts as such.
As previously mentioned, the car is powered by an 800-volt drive system that is comprised of two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) which are similar to the ones used on the 919 Hybrid Le Mans race car. Total output of the car is rated at over 600 PS while claimed 0 – 100 km/h time was clocked at 3.5 seconds. Fitted with Porsche's torque vectoring system, power can easily be transferred to individual wheel in times of duress while all-wheel steering provides a precise and sporty steering added Porsche. Maximum range of the Mission E concept is estimated to be over 500km.
Recharging the Mission E's battery can be done quickly via the new Porsche Turbo Charging System, enabling an 80% battery recharge in only 15 minutes. This level of charge is enough for a 400km run according to Porsche. Recharging the car can be done via the traditional charging socket, or with the use of a no-contact inductive charging.
Porsche hasn't stated if this will be a precursor for an all-electric production car, but the Mission E concept is somewhat Porsche's answer to Tesla as the automaker treats the car as a sports saloon that can seat multiple occupants and has a matching performance pedigree to boot.