Eyed by many to take on Tesla, Porsche's Mission E keeps up as one of the most anticipated electric car releases. It debuted as a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and since then, car enthusiasts had been excited to see what the German car crafter comes up with.
Auto World News picked five of the most interesting Mission E details so far:
1. The Mission E is expected to hit roads in 2020.
Through the Mission E, Porsche envisions where it is headed. Company chairman Wolfgang Porsche previously said, "With Mission E, we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand. Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car."
If all goes well for the brand, its hyped electric car will be out on the market by 2020, BGR said in a previous report.
2. The Mission E, obviously, pays attention to energy.
The upcoming vehicle is expected to pack an 800-volt electric drivetrain which sends 600 horsepower to all four wheels, Digital Trends wrote. It is believed that the battery pack will receive an 80% charge in 15 minutes. From rest, it is pegged to run 60mph in 3.5 seconds.
Green Car Reports noted back in March how Porsche narrowed its battery supplier choices to Panasonic and Bosch. Battery cells from the latter are reportedly more expensive.
3. The Mission E may cost at least similar to the Tesla Model S.
Details surrounding the Mission E's price are light, but Extreme Tech is convinced that it will cost "at least as high as the Model S." As of press time, the Tesla vehicle sells $1,500 more for all its versions.
4. The Mission E aims to replicate the success of the 911.
In September, Wolfgang Hatz shed light on what the Mission E is yet to become. He told Top Gear, "With this car we intend to start a new era with Porsche, similar to the 911 fifty years ago. This is more than a show car, it's a concept car that we can realise."
He added that the company will need at least three years to set the project in motion.
5. Reportedly, Tesla recently hired Mission E's interior designer.
Yet the quest for the best electric vehicle takes another turn when Tesla, just recently, reportedly hired Félix Godard, the Mission E's interior designer. This information came from Electrek, who described Godard as "a young car designer" who had been working with Porsche in the last three years.
He is said to have joined Tesla last week under the company's chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen.
Check out the car's concept below.