Porsche Mission E is readying for launch as the German brand conducts first successful tests of its prototype versions. The production version of the new four-door electric sports-car will be introduced by the end of this decade. Porsche Mission E concept, codenamed J1, was first showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will be Porsche’s first bespoke electric car and launched as a fifth model line. While several car marques have chosen SUVs as their first electric cars, Porsche has instead gone for a more low-slung model in order to maintain that its first electric car will be as much about performance as it will be about reducing emissions.
According to an Autocar UK’s report, Porsche R&D boss Michael Steiner has confirmed that design of the Mission E has been completed and is quite close to the concept, which was well received in 2015. Testing of the development mules has been completed and tests of the full-body prototype version of the production car have begun.
The production version Porsche Mission E will be unveiled in 2019 and first deliveries will begin by 2020 at a price tag of about GBP 100,000, which places the car between the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid (£81,141) and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid (£137,140).
The production car will not carry the name from the concept and a new official name has yet to be given to it, according to Porsche boss Oliver Blume. It is quite a mix of the 911 and Panamera in concept. Porsche insiders refer to it as a “four-door sports car”, with Porsche keen to use electric technology on a completely new type of model to bring the brand to more customers.
Steiner said the brief is “a really sporty sports car, a four-seater that’s low on the road, with a low centre of gravity. A car that’s typically Porsche but electric.”
The Mission E is Porsche’s first step towards electrification of its entire range as part of a Volkswagen Group target of 2030 to have an electrified version of every model offered. However, Porsche has clarified that the 911 will not get an electric version since the only way to store enough batteries for a viable range would be in the floor. That would mean having to raise the vehicle, rendering it no longer a sports car in the firm’s eyes.
The next-generation 911 has been targeted for launch in 2018 and will have the availability of plug-in hybrid technology. But, although it is compatible with plug-in hybrid tech, Porsche has yet to decide when to offer a plug-in hybrid 911 to market, if at all. The Mission E’s launch is likely to come first.
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