The Porsche Mission E: Tesla’s Rival Adversary

Porsche’s history in motoring dates back to 1931, founded in Stuttgart, Germany. The automobile manufacturer is seen as an expert in the development of sophisticated, refined and reliable sports car and sports saloons. With the launch of the Mission E, an all-electric vehicle designed to go head to head with Tesla. A company that has dominated the field of electric cars since its establishment back in 2003, that’s seen as an expert in its field of battery development, research and a large market share. Which in turn sets a motivational push to already well-established car manufacturers, such as BMW, Audi, VW and now Porsche. Encouraging them to delve into other potential markets that show promising results for the future of the automobile, with everyday household names such as Dyson now trying to grab a piece of the market share.

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With Tesla, regarded as the leading manufacturer in the development of electric sports cars, has a new contender on the block. Porsche’s latest project the Mission E is designed to be the all-new, all-electric sports saloon that’s supposed to go head to head with Tesla’s Model S range, and to set a new standard for future electric sports cars. As with fossil fuels running out, destined to be depleted by the end of the century, car manufacturers are considering other viable solutions to ensure that sports cars are not a thing of the past that are only seen in the history books. Porsche’s Mission E could very well be one of the first mass-produced sports cars to successfully carry the torch and pave a route for other car manufacturers to follow in ensuring the survival of the speed machines. With the Mission E already having been spotted at the Nürburgring race track in Germany, going through vigorous testing, with preparation for mass market production and expected to go on sale sometime in 2019. Though how would Tesla’s 2020 Roadster hold up against the mighty plight of the Porsche Mission E?

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The tech specs and performance provided by Porsche say that the Mission E will contain a dual motor configuration making the sports-saloon four-wheel-drive and incorporating four-wheel steering. With a top speed of 155 mph and a 400-mile range with a charge time of only 18 minutes, of which there will be three different performance model choices being available from the Carrera (equipped with a 300kw battery pack equivalent to 396bhp), Carrera S (400kw equivalent to 529bhp) and the Turbo (500kw equivalent to 661bhp) all being placed centrally and low down to minimise the centre of gravity. The starting prices are estimated to being around the £60,000 mark where the Boss of Porsche, Chairmen Oliver Blume, stated that the Porsche Mission E will be ‘priced like an entry-level Panamera’. While also likely to follow Porsche’s traditional badges and performance hierarchy. With the performance figures stated by Porsche say that the Mission E will go from 0-62 mph in under 3.5 seconds, though it could be quicker for the higher performance ranges such as the Turbo and the GTS.

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With car technology being at a constant evolution, we’ve seen that battery technology has been considered as nothing more than a mere science experiment, a temporary solution to an everlasting problem. With Tesla first setting the benchmark for the future of electric cars with the difficult, yet, the successful launch of their Model S range. Hinting at the fact that the use of electric motors was a potentially viable solution that still required refinement, this refinement has now been witnessed by Porsche their Mission E has been estimated to be far superior on paper than the current Tesla range. Which, in turn, means that electric cars are no longer seen as a science experiment, but more as a potentially viable solution to the fossil fuel crisis and not only saving the world but also saving the concept of the sports car itself.

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