Porsche boss, Albrecht Reimold, has said that the company’s first pure-electric car, the Mission E, will come in several variants to satisfy surging global demand for electrified vehicles.
Porsche's latest electrified model, the Panamera E-Hybrid, has seen sales success and account for 60 percent of overall Panamera sales worldwide. In Scandanavia, the electrified variant represents up to 90 percent of Panamera sales, emphasising the changing demand, particularly in regions where incentives have been introduced.
The four-door car, codenamed J1, was closely previewed as the Mission E concept at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. It will be Porsche’s first bespoke electric car and the start of a fifth model line.
The Mission E is Porsche's first step towards electrifying its entire range as part of a Volkswagen Group target of having an electrified version of every model by 2030, except for the 911 that it has no plans of creating an electric version for. However, the next-generation 911, targeted for launch in 2018, is being developed with the availability of plug-in hybrid technology.
The all-wheel-drive concept car used two electric motors – one on each axle – to produce a combined 608hp and 899Nm, drawing their power from lithium ion batteries mounted in the floor.
The 0-100kph time was quoted at 3.5sec and 0-200kph at less than 12.0sec, despite the concept’s kerb weight of more than 2,000kg.
The firm will offer the Mission E with a range of power outputs and chassis set-ups and it will be fitted with an 800V rapid-charging system, which will recharge 80 percent of the battery in just 15 minutes.