Porsche Mission E
Premiere: Concept car September 15, 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show
|power||system voltage||0-100 km/h||0-200 km/h||mph||km/h||kg||lb||range||Nordschleife|
|2015 concept car||440 kW||800V||3.5 sec.||12 sec.||155||250||2000||4400||310 miles / 500 km||7:59|
|2019 production car||300/400/500 kW||800...950V||under 3.5 sec.||over 155||over 250||over 310 miles / 500 km|
"Compact electric motors, no combustion engine, no exhaust system, no transmission tunnel. Plenty of opportunities to question and rethink previous forms", Porsche AG.
The 4WD electric Mission E is a concept car, but a production car based on it will be ready by 2019. Who has driven the Tesla Model S, understands that electric performance cars are something very special and Porsche is on the right path with their future family cars. Because of excessive mass, these cars cannot be called sports cars, though.
When the Mission E project was unveiled to the public, the system voltage for the Porsche electric car was specified at 800 volts, twice the common in 2015. In 2018 Porsche announced that the voltage was increased to 950 V to help reach the quick charging targets of the Porsche Turbo Charging system.
An eye-tracking system detects, via camera, which instrument the driver is viewing. The driver can then activate the menu of the instrument in focus by pushing a button on the steering wheel and navigate in it – which also involves an interplay of eye-tracking and manual activation. But that is not all: the display follows the seat position and body attitude of the driver in what is known as a parallax effect. If the driver sits lower, higher or leans to one side, the 3D display of the round instruments reacts and moves with the driver. This eliminates situations in which the steering wheel blocks the driver's view of certain key information.
The entire dashboard is full of new ideas. Its division into two three-dimensionally structuring layers reinforces the impression of lightness and clarity. The upper layer integrates the driver's display, and between the levels there is a holographic display that extends far into the passenger's side. It shows individually selectable apps, which are stacked in virtual space and arranged by priority with a three-dimensional effect. The driver – or passenger – can use these apps to touch-free control primary functions such as media, navigation, climate control, contacts and vehicle. The desired symbol is activated by gestures that are detected by sensors. A grasping gesture means select, while pulling means control. Moreover, driver or passenger can use a touch display on the centre console to control secondary functions such as detailed information menus.
The board of Porsche AG gave the green light on December 4, 2015, to develop the Mission E concept car into a production car. The production car will not have the impractical and dangerous rear-hinged rear doors like the concept car has.
Furnishing of the Porsche Mission E production line - the flexi-line - started in the beginning of 2018. AGVs (automated guided vehicles) will transport the new car bodies instead of the conveyor. This helps to change the cycle lengths or pause the AGV for sensitive jobs (would be moved to the next station more quickly, to stay on schedule).
Porsche is investing 6.000.000.000+ € (more than SIX BILLION) into electromobility by 2022. This proves Porsche is not stagnant and is heading to the future at full speed.
2019 production car
At some point it was decided that the Audi "e-tron GT" will be based on Porsche's electric sedan. This means the exterior styling of the production version of the Mission E will not be exactly as cool as seen on the concept car - Mission E has to serve to other Volkswagen Group brands aswell, not definetely limited to Porsche and Audi. The production version of Porsches's electric sedan comes with the front overhang a bit shorter, the roofline a bit higher and the wheelarches less bulging. Still, Porsche looks so good that Tesla has no chance against it in terms of design and German build quality might also be superior.
The first fully electric Porsche will be probably launched in three all-wheel-drive versions: 300 kW, 400 kW and 500 kW. It will have a 2-speed transmission to overcome the top speed issue of the single speed electric cars (Tesla for example). Externally the car will be a bit more compact than the Panamera. The initial production plan is to produce around 30.000 electric sedans a year. The series production starts in Stuttgart in 2019.
While Audi is creating its own version based on the Porsche Mission E, Porsche is using 2 Audi electric car platforms for new 2021 Porsche electric cars. As Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said “If we had to cope with the challenges ahead on our own, the costs would be around 30 percent higher”. The cooperation makes electric Porsches and electric Audis significantly cheaper.
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