Porsche has announced its first electric vehicle will remain very faithful to the Mission E concept unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Speaking to Top Gear magazine at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said the electric vehicle’s external design “will be very similar” to the concept. When asked about the possibility of seeing the concept’s reverse opening doors on the production car, he said it is a “hard problem”, but the engineers have an idea to implement something “very close.”
More importantly, the Porsche EV will have the concept’s quoted 310-mile (500-km) range and is going to benefit from the Mission E’s Porsche Turbo Charging. This will allow owners to recharge the battery pack to an 80% level in only 15 minutes which in the concept is enough for a range of around 248 miles (400 km.) That being said, Blume admitted clients will face the problem of not having general access to an 800-volt 150kW charger necessary for the 15-minute charge.
Due to come out around 2020, Porsche’s first pure electric model is codenamed “J1” and will ride on an entirely new platform. Full technical specs are not available at this point, but we remind you the Mission E had a combined output of more than 600 horsepower (440 kilowatts) coming from two electric motors. Those were enough to rocket the concept to 62 mph (100 kph) in only three and a half seconds. Expect these numbers to remain pretty much the same on the production model which will likely get a different name.
The all-wheel-drive Porsche EV will come to life as a result of an investment of $784M (€700M) which will also involve the creation of more than 1,000 jobs in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.