New Porsche Mis­sion E spot­ted

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THE PORSCHE MIS­SION E will re­tain the sleek, fu­tur­is­tic shape of the con­cept it is in­spired by, as shown by a de­vel­op­ment car seen wear­ing near-pro­duc­tion-ready body­work for the first time.

The car was pho­tographed out­side Porsche’s de­vel­op­ment cen­tre in Weis­sach, Ger­many, sport­ing fake ex­haust tailpipes fit­ted to con­ceal its iden­tity.

A fu­ture Tesla Model S ri­val, the Mis­sion E sits on one of three new elec­tric car plat­forms be­ing de­vel­oped within Porsche’s Volk­swa­gen Group par­ent com­pany. This J1 struc­ture is de­scribed as be­ing dif­fer­ent in construction to the C-BEV plat­form due to un­der­pin Audi’s forth­com­ing E-tron qu­at­tro SUV con­cept.

Porsche boss Oliver Blume said: “The J1 has a low floor, while the C-BEV is con­structed dif­fer­ently with a higher floor that suits an SUV.”

De­spite the dif­fer­ences in the Mis­sion E and E-tron’s construction, Blume also con­firmed that pro­duc­tion ver­sions will fea­ture sim­i­lar lithium ion bat­tery tech­nol­ogy.

The Mis­sion E’s bat­tery pack is ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing the car with a range of more than 330 miles. In com­bi­na­tion with two elec­tric mo­tors, the sleek four­door prom­ises 590bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 3.5sec. The pro­duc­tion car will stick with the 800V charg­ing sys­tem used on the Mis­sion E con­cept.

De­tails re­main scarce, but Porsche is ru­moured to be work­ing with Ja­panese elec­tron­ics com­pany Hi­tachi on the sys­tem, which Blume de­scribes as the key to pro­vid­ing the pro­duc­tion Mis­sion E’s bat­ter­ies with an 80% charge in just 15 min­utes.

He also con­firmed that Porsche plans for the Mis­sion E to have Level 4 au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nol­ogy (self-driv­ing in nearly all sit­u­a­tions), as well as soft­ware that will al­low over-the-air up­dates such as those pi­o­neered by Tesla with its Model S.

“It isn’t de­cided yet, but it could be pos­si­ble [via the up­dates] to charge up with more power,” said Blume. “For ex­am­ple, when you have 400bhp, it could be pos­si­ble to upgrade to 450bhp.”

First look at the near-pro­duc­tion Mis­sion E, Porsche’s up­com­ing Tesla Model S ri­val

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