Máté Petrány / Road&Track Porsche's first modern electric car, the Mission E, is coming soon, and if the feedback is positive, it will be closely followed by the Cross Turismo variant. Both are pretty much production-ready as we speak, based on Porsche's self-developed J1 platform. And there's a lot more coming, as we learned from Dr. Stefan Weckbach, head of Porsche's EV line. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The VW Group's universal EV platform is called PPE. It's a mix of their best available modules, upgraded with new elements such as permanent magnet motors and an 800V electrical system, developed partly through the Porsche 919 endurance racing program. Yet long before work could begin on the PPE, Porsche came up with its own EV platform, the J1.The upcoming Mission E is based on this in-house development, which could go on to underpin a number of future products, including two-door, 2+2 and convertible models. The only limitation is that, although … [Read more...] about Porsche Knows its Electric Cars Have to Perform Like They Burn Gasoline
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As part of the VW Group’s big electric drive comes a Porsche with, um, big electric drive. The Stuttgart firm has today confirmed it will put the Mission E – its 600bhp all-electric four-seat concept, revealed earlier this year – into production, promising ‘a new chapter in the history of sports cars’. A bold claim, but if the production Mission E lives up to the considerable promise of the Frankfurt concept, potentially a justified one. That car made ‘over 600bhp’ from an electric motor on each of its axles (so it’s four-wheel drive), with Porsche promising a 0-62mph time below 3.5 seconds, and a range north of 300 miles. The lithium-ion battery pack could be 80 per cent recharged within just 15 minutes, so long as you’ve a high-intensity charger. Today’s announcement gives no suggestion the production Mission E will deviate from these figures, with Porsche promising the car will reach the road ‘at … [Read more...] about Porsche’s 600bhp all-electric Mission E is going into production
“Potential Porsche full-electric car customers don’t only want to drive fast. They want to charge fast too.” On that motto lies one of the most controversial features of the gorgeous Porsche Mission E, its high-voltage charge system that no other car can yet use. Even so it won’t be a handicap to production. To briefly recap, the Mission E was unveiled at the Frankfurt show to universal weak knees. It’s a gorgeous, low-slung and compact four-seater with definite 911 overtones. But there’s no engine. It has front and rear electric motors, and should do 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds, 0-125 in 12, even when the battery is fairly depleted. We’re talking with Dr Stefan Weckbach, who developed the car, and he’s busy explaining why its uniquely powerful charging system is vital. “If you are driving from Munich to Hamburg, say, a 35 minute recharge time is not acceptable.” And 35 minutes is the briefest of any other … [Read more...] about Will Porsche’s Mission E revolutionise the world of electric cars?
Normally at international car shows it’s easy to pick trends. It’ll be plug-in hybrids, or SUVs, or autonomous cars - or simply cars with too much horsepower - that seem to lead most manufacturers in a particular direction. This year's Geneva motor show did what people have praised it for down the years: it had everything. The Swiss city's biggest motor event has always been popular with exhibitors and attendees because it’s no-one’s home turf. Tata meets Porsche and Subaru meets SsangYong on neutral territory, and the amount of attention anyone gets has nothing to do with a home advantage. You win notice strictly on merit, which is why everyone seems to bring their best work to the expanding-but-still-manageable collection of exhibition halls beside Geneva’s convenient airport. Aston Martin probably took the honours with DB11, simply because a completely new Aston is such a rare event, and everyone seems to love the company at … [Read more...] about 2016 Geneva motor show report and photo gallery