Porsche Mission E Concept-01

The production version of Porsche’s all-electric sports sedan – the Mission E – will stay relatively close to the concept that was first unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will, however, sport some minor changes, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told Top Gear UK.

“The external design will be very similar. We have to fulfil certain conditions and change some things,” he said. The CEO notes that it’s vital, that in terms of drive, the Mission E carries the same emotion of a Porsche, even though it’s an electric vehicle.

“We can’t do an electric vehicle that’s branded Porsche if it doesn’t fulfil what a customer expects from a Porsche. You can drive the 918 Spyder in EV mode, and that’s how it will be to drive the Mission E. It transfers what we learn from motorsport,” he explains.

As for the travel range, Porsche aims to achieve its target of “over 500 km” and with a charge time of 15 minutes, similar to the concept, despite this being a key challenge. “We have the technical ability to do it, the hard part is doing it on a whole vehicle,” Blume states.

A unique problem that Porsche faces, is that to achieve a 15-minute charge, 800-volt 150 kW chargers are required, and this doesn’t exactly exist now. “It’s important we have a solution to that. We need standards. We’re in contact with governments and other manufacturers. We now need to invest in a charging network in Europe, the US and China,” the CEO revealed.

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