But the final production car won’t be called the Mission E.
2020. That’s when Porsche is planning to unleash its first fully electric sports car, currently known as the Mission E. We first saw the all-electric sedan previewed as a concept at Frankfurt back in 2015, but the four-door electric sedan is now one step closer to production. According to Autocar, Porsche has successfully completed testing of the near-production prototype codenamed J1. Porsche R&D boss Michael Steiner confirmed that design work is now complete and it closely resembles the original Mission E concept.
With testing of development mules now complete, Porsche has begun testing full-body prototype versions of the production car. While other carmakers often choose SUVs as their first electric car due to their larger interiors that make it easier to package the batteries, Porsche is setting out to prove that electric car technology is as much about performance as it is efficiency. The final production version of the Mission E will be revealed in 2019 before deliveries start in 2020, priced at around $132,000 slotting it between the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Porsche is aiming to sell around 20,000 units after the first year of production.
Porsche still hasn’t decided on an official name for the production car, but Porsche boss Oliver Blume confirmed that it won’t be called the Mission E. Porsche’s first fully electric car will launch as a fifth model line positioned between the 911 and Panamera, which the automaker hopes will bring the brand to more customers. Steiner said the objective was to produce “a really sporty sports car, a four-seater that’s low on the road, with a low centre of gravity. A car that’s typically Porsche but electric.” A high-performance all-electric Porsche 911 is still at least 10 – 15 years away according to Blume. A plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation 911 is still a possibility, but Porsche remains indecisive.
The Mission E is likely to arrive first, since weight becomes a factor when trying to increase performance of an electric sports car. “The Mission E is the sweet spot of sports car performance that size-wise provides enough space for significant battery packages,” he said. Porsche hasn’t revealed the specs for the planned production car, but the Mission E Concept debuted with two electric motors that produced a combined 600 hp and 663 lb-ft from lithium ion batteries mounted in the floor. The concept car was all-wheel drive with a claimed 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds despite weighing over 2000 kg.