Video of the Day: Mark Webber Test Drives the Porsche Mission E, Says It Reminds Him of the 919 Hybrid
The Porsche Mission E is on its way from concept to production car and, once it arrives in showrooms, it will be the company’s first all-electric vehicle. Essentially a 911 with four doors, the sleek Mission E uses a 600-horsepower drivetrain and some of the technology found inside the 919 Hybrid race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 and 2017. Not surprisingly, Porsche Team driver Mark Webber, who recently tested the Mission E on the Weissach track, says that the electric four-door feels a lot like the 919 Hybrid.
"It reminded me at times, a lot, of the 919," Webber said after he completed a few quick laps in the Mission E prototype. He also noted that "looking over the front wheel arches looks like a 918 Spyder" and also described the EV as a "game changer."
Unfortunately, the video is only two minutes long and doesn’t provide any additional information on the upcoming Mission E. But the sedan appears to be pretty fast on the Weissach, and Mark Webber seems extremely happy at the end of the run.
The production model is expected to go into production in 2019.
In Preparation for Mission E Deliveries, Porsche to Install 500 Fast Chargers Across the U.S. by EOY 2019
Porsche is going all-hands on deck in anticipation of the arrival of the Mission E, the company’s first-ever electric car. With the production version of the Mission E set to arrive next year, Porsche Cars North America is laying the groundwork to build at least 500 fast chargers at dealerships and highway locations across the U.S. by the end of 2019. The goal is to help ease potential range anxiety among Porsche owners, specifically those who buy the production version of the Mission E, as well as the automaker’s future EV models.
Can You Imagine a World Where Porsche Only Makes Electric Vehicles? Porsche CEO Oliver Blume Certainly Can
Porsche is setting its sights on becoming one of the most aggressive legacy automakers when it comes to selling electric vehicles. The German auto brand has already made it known that it plans to turn half of its entire model portfolio into electric cars in the next six years. Now, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume is projecting a more ambitious long-term goal for the company, one that would effectively turn all Porsche models into electric cars by 2030.
April Fool’s Round-Up: Automakers Go All-Out With The Pranks
April Fool’s Day has come and gone, and as you might have expected, a number of automakers spent the occasion trying to pull a fast one on all of us. Some of them worked while others didn’t. Some got us thinking if the pranks were real - or we wish they were real - while others flamed out because they were too obvious from the very beginning. Still, it was a good day to check out what kind of absurdity we had coming our way. If you missed out on all the April Fool’s pranks that these auto brands came out with, well, we got you, fam.
Porsche’s Mission E Platform is Being Tossed Around Like a Dirty Diaper — Even Bentley Will Use it for an EV
Word has it that Bentley has given a four-door EV the green light for development and production, and it will serve as the brand’s flagship model once it finally arrives. The caveat to this statement is that the brand aims for it to be undeniably a Bentley at first glance and it must be a standalone model that isn’t based on any other model or concept produced by the brand thus far. That means it won’t be based on the EXP 12 Speed 6E Concept or the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Coupe. Of course, Bentley is a member of the dirty VAG, so you can bet that it will ride on the J1 platform, the same guts that will power models like the Porsche Mission E and the Audi E-Tron GT that we informed you up just a couple of weeks ago.
Porsche has the EV Game Messed Up; Wants to Charge Gasoline-Like Prices for its Charging Network
Unless you’re a tree-hugging hippy or one of those smug, “be-green” types, the fact that driving an EV could help stop global warming is vaguely insignificant. What’s more important is the fact that, with enough range, you can actually save a decent chunk of money on your daily commute since you don’t have to pay for gas. Well, leave it to Porsche to ruin that – the German brand wants its charging networks to be “profit centers” and will, effectively, charge gasoline-like prices for charging. In fact, Porsche won’t even warm up to you before bending you over as it plans to stick it to customers right from the very start.
Porsche Teases Mission E Electric Sports Car
Back in 2015, Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Folks went gaga over the futuristic styling and impressive specs, but the Stuttgart automaker has been playing it close to the chest ever since. Now, it looks like we’re getting a small peek at things to come as Porsche just issued a slew of official images teasing the up-and-coming performance machine.
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2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept
Back in 2015, Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept, an all-electric super sedan that featured drivetrain technology developed for the 919 Hybrid race car. It didn’t take long for Porsche to confirm a production model and the test cars spotted on public roads began to fuel everyone’s dreams of a premium competitor for the Tesla Model S. While the Mission E is still under development, Porsche wants to expand its all-electric lineup with a different model. It’s based on the Mission E design- and drivetrain-wise, but it’s aimed at the booming crossover market. It’s called the Mission E Cross Turismo and previews a production model that will surely become the Porsche Cayenne of the electric market.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Mission E Cross Turismo is a sporty crossover that combines elements seen on the Mission E sedan, the Cayenne, and the Panamera Sport Turismo. Yes, it’s a shooting brake that rides as high as a crossover, and it previews a competitor for the Tesla Model X. Porsche has already confirmed that a production model is underway, with the release date set sometime in 2019. It’s still one year away, but at least it’ll be here sooner than the Mission E, which took at least three years to become reality. And, by the looks of things, the Cross Turismo concept looks ready to go into production for the most part.
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The Porsche Mission E Is Still Missing in Action, Yet Porsche Hints That There Could be a Coupe and Convertible in the Cards
The Porsche Mission E is ready to hatch, and while we didn’t get to see it as expected at the Geneva Motor show, it should debut in the very near future. When Porsche showed up at Geneva with the Mission E Cross Turismo Concept it hinted that a Mission E SUV might be a possibility in the future. Shortly after it debuted, however, Porsche’s Head of EV Development – Stefan Weckbach – put that hope to bed, saying that the Mission E J1 platform wouldn’t work well for high-floored vehicles like SUVs. He did, however, mention that other body styles may be a possibility in the future.
We Expected the Porsche Mission E in Geneva and Got a Hatchback – the E Cross Turismo Concept – Instead
Porsche showed up to the Geneva Motor Show with the E Cross Turismo Concept, effectively putting to bed rumors that the Mission E Sedan would make its appearance at this year’s show. With a production-ready design and an 800-volt electrical system in tow, this concept does, however, confirm previous reports that the Mission E platform could expand to a whole lineup of all-electric models. Porsche promises that the E Cross Turismo can deliver more than 600 horsepower consistently, hit 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, and hit 124 mph in under 12 seconds.
Porsche’s Head of EVs Talks About Fast Charging, Sound Synthesizing, and Why the Mission E is Better than the Tesla Model S
Porsche claims that the Mission E is better than the Tesla Model S. That’s hardly a surprise considering that the Mission E is a Porsche model. But Stefan Weckbach, the head of electric vehicles at Porsche, firmly believes that the Mission E stands out compared to the Tesla, so much so that he conducted an in-house interview detailing the guiding principles that make the Mission E of the future standard-bearer of the luxury electric car space when it hits the market in 2019.
Porsche is Set to Invest More than 6 Billion Euro; Double What Was Previously Expected
Porsche is doubling down on its investments in hybrid and electric technology after announcing plans to increase its investment in electromobility to “more than” €6 billion. That’s more than double the amount it previously intended to spend. The news comes as the German automaker is making final preparations for the launch of its first all-electric vehicle, the Mission E. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume made the announcements, saying that the decision to ramp up its investments was done to set “an important course for the future.”
Porsche Claims The Mission E is its Make-or-Break Model
The Porsche Mission E electric car is an important model for Porsche. It’s so important, actually, that Porsche CEO Oliver Blume describes at as the company’s make-or-break model. There might be some hyperbole attached to that statement, but the all-electric sedan’s importance to the automaker’s electrification effort cannot be understated. At worst, it could short-circuit Porsche’s dreams of an electrified future. At best, it could jolt that future to life.
2020 Porsche Mission E
While considered laughable just a decade or two ago, the idea of a high-performance electric vehicle is now widely accepted in even the most traditional of speed circles. As the list of battery-motivated monster machines continues to grow, Porsche is getting in on the action with its up-and-coming Mission E. As a follow-up to hybrid superstars like the 918 Spyder and the Panamera, the Mission E is slated to become Stuttgart’s very first all-electric vehicle. Porsche teased the new model with a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and now, we’re getting our very first shots of the production iteration in the wild. Captured out and about doing some real-world testing just outside Porsche’s factory in Weissach, the spy shots reveal just how close the Mission E is to becoming a reality on public roads. Expect specs that either match or beat the Tesla Model S, with several hundred miles of range and a blistering 0-to-60 mph time, not to mention a luxurious cabin space and Nurburgring-tested handling.
While full details are still forthcoming, there’s plenty of info floating around out there to go on in terms of speculation. Regardless, it’s sure to be top-shelf and quite fast, but the question remains – will it be enough to take out the Tesla? Is this finally the Model S killer we’ve been waiting for? We’re still a few years away from the release of the Mission E, so we’ll have to wait, but in the meantime, check out our speculative review.
Updated 12/06/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche Mission E out for a new testing session, this time during cold, winter conditions somewhere in Sweden.
2021 Porsche Mission E GTS
In case you hadn’t heard, let me be the first to tell you – Porsche is building a four-door all-electric sports sedan, and it’s called the Mission E. Don’t worry, it’ll have all the go-fast characteristics you’d expect, just without the internal combustion to make it go. In fact, it should draw a good deal of its tech from the hybrid goodness developed for the Panamera and 918 Spyder, so that’s a plus. But, as we all know, Porsche isn’t satisfied to make just a single version of any one model. Multiple variants are required to fill every niche possible, so what about an even-faster Mission E? We’re calling it the Mission E GTS, and we decided to draw up a rendering and put together a speculative review to boot. Upgrades over the standard Mission E should include more aggressive exterior styling, lots of black trim pieces, more performance gear inside, a bigger battery, extra horsepower, and standard performance suspension.
The EV performance market is looking to balloon pretty rapidly over the next few years, and you can bet your lithium-ion battery pack Porsche will be there to take advantage of that growth. Read on for the details.
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