Premiere: September 15, 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show
155 mph/250 km/h
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 2015 4WD electric concept car is called Mission E, but the 2019 production car based on it is called Taycan.
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. Charging times depend on the system voltage - the higher the voltage, the quicker the charge.
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. On the 70th anniversary of Porsche sports car production, on June 8, 2018, it was announced that the production car is called Porsche Taycan.