The Porsche Mission E sports car was spotted on the road along with a Tesla Model S and a Tesla Model X. The electric sports car was first released as a concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 and might arrive on the market in 2019. It is Porsche’s first electric vehicle that promises zero emissions with the driving dynamics of a German sports car.
Autoblog has spy shots that show a toned-down pre-production model on the road with two Teslas. The Mission E still looks like a sleek and low-slung sports car with distinctive Porsche styling. It looks like Porsche is taking their new car’s mission very seriously. While a handful of electric cars have been heralded as a “Tesla-killer” when they arrived on the market, no one has seriously challenged Tesla for the top spot. A real competitor needs luxury styling to match the allure of a Model S, electric vehicle cues to satisfy socially conscious buyers, and the power and performance of a P90D. Frankly, Porsche might be one of the few companies that can offer a genuine luxury sports car that attracts a similar market, or, at least, a market with similar buying power.
The real test for the Porsche Mission E will be the specifications. Any car that wants to compete for Tesla buyers will have to offer equivalent range, torque, and charging network. Porsche has promised 590 horsepower and a range of over 300 miles using the European test cycle, but whether or not these specs make it to the production model remains to be seen. Porsche also has to contest Tesla’s unmatched charging infrastructure. While economy models can sit in the garage and fill the batteries overnight, luxury buyers need access to fast-charging stations to justify a more significant investment. The Mission E concept car promised an 800-volt electric system that could be charged to 80 percent capacity in just 15 minutes. Porsche needs to deliver something similar if they want to steal buyers from Tesla. The automaker has tested some components of their charging system on the 919 Hybrid race cars. Unlike other electric startups, this demonstrates that the German automaker has the engineering chops and time to get it right. At an expected price of $80,000-$90,000 for the Mission E, they better.