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Watch Your Ass, Tesla: The Porsche Mission E Has Started Development

This Teutonic bad boy battling the Tesla Model S, we can't wait!

Porsche has given the Mission E design study a codename, indicating that the 600 horsepower all-electric sedan has formally entered development. The move follows the December 2015 announcement that the Mission E was green lit and set for sale by 2020. The codenamed J1 is set to do battle with the Tesla Model S. The production version will sit on a bespoke platform engineered to house a lithium-ion battery pack. Development will be headed by Stefan Weckbach, former head of product strategy and developer of the Boxster.

The platform for the J1 is said to be different than parent company Volkswagen's Budd-E concept that debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show last month. Remember that, the all-electric van with two electric motors? The Mission E will be powered by two electric motors and is set to deliver a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Its max range is 310 miles and an 80 percent charge can happen in just 15 minutes. That 80-percent charge can take the J1 up to 250 miles. The Model S P90D has officially been put on notice.

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