At this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, one car stood out among a pack of impressive debuts. It was the Porsche Mission E Concept, a fully electric sports car that played a “what-if” as potential future rival of the Tesla Model S. That concept is now one step closer to a reality, as Porsche has announced that it will put the Mission E into production.
According to a press release today, Porsche has announced that the fully electric Mission E concept will be launched “at the end of the decade.” The release says the supervisory board for Porsche AG gave the go-ahead for the electric sports car.
The company says its investing €700 million in expansion, and creating 1,000 new jobs. Not all of which will be for the electric car, but certainly a good amount of it, as Porsche certainly has its work cut out for it. Given the time table, there is a whole lot of research and development to be done still, and big expectations for Porsche’s electric sports car.
The Mission E concept from Frankfurt called for more than 600 horsepower, a 0-62 time under 3.5 seconds, as well as a 310-mile range. The production model will be expected to achieve all of this, as well as the promised quick-charge system that claims an 80 percent charge in just 15 minutes. That’s twice as fast as the best quick-charging systems available today.
This is big news for Porsche, but there is a lot of time between now and 2020. Time will tell if this is for real, or if Porsche is looking for some good press following its involvement in the recent woes for the Volkswagen Group involving various diesel engines. We hope the Mission E lives up to its billing.