For the longest time when someone thought of purchasing or just randomly thought about an electric car they would think, “Tesla”, but not anymore.
This is the “Porsche Mission E”, Porsche’s answer to Tesla long range of electric cars. It boasts a sleek and curvy design for a good amount of downforce, yes even an electric car by Porsche focuses on aerodynamics and speed. It’s clear just by looking at it how much it follows the design element of the 918 Spyder. The Mission E is expected to go into production by 2019 and available for purchase by late 2020. Porsche plans on producing 15,000 – 20,000 units annually and will be priced about the same as an entry level Panamera.
The Mission E is Porsche’s first all electric car. Its powered by 2 electric motors located at the front and rear axle and all four wheels are individually controlled by Porsche’s Torque Vectoring System which decides how much power to send to each wheel. The two electric motors together produce more than 600hp which enables the Mission E to do 0-100 km/h in 3.5 secs and 0-200 in 12 secs flat. The above image shows the position of the components (1,2) are the electric motors (3) is where the “Lithium Ion Battery” is located and (4) is where the conventional charging port is located. There are two reasons as to why the battery is placed in the middle of the car i.e to improve weight distribution and also because Porsche has developed an Inductive Charging Plate which allows the car to charge without being connected to a charging port. All the driver need to do is park the car over the charging plate and watch as the car gets charged. Porsche claims that with the Porsche Turbo Charging System the battery is loaded to 80% power within 15 mins.
It also uses an active suspension system that adjusts according to the curves in the road which keeps up Porsche’s famous ability to combine sportiness with comfort.
Porsche has always been known for making driver oriented cars and the Mission E is no different. Into the gauge cluster Porsche has integrated something they call the “Parallax Effect” which means should the driver happen to sit up straight or sink down into the seat the five gauges displayed on the screen will follow those movements to ensure that the steering wheel doesn’t block any gauge showing vital information. Thanks to eye-tracking system incorporated by Porsche in this vehicle the camera sensors always know which gauge the driver is looking at and with a click of a button that gauge is activated. The long almost holographic display is activated by a single gesture of the hand which is captured by the highly intuitive camera sensors that watch every movement made by the driver to make sure the driving experience is not ruined.
With so many car manufacturers switching from their regular combustion engine to electric motors, has the reign of gasoline-powered engines come to an end? Is the electric motor really the future of the automotive industry? Guess we’ll just have to wait and watch as only time will tell.
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