With Porsche, electric seems right

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Electric cars haunt me. There’s no noise, no proper engine, nothing. Is that really what automotive evolution is, or supposed to be ? Since three major sports car brands have made their hybrid supercar, yes, cars will be powered by electrons. In a technical way, yes, electric cars are kind of interesting… for someone who likes that. But guess what, Porsche just have triggered my curiosity with their new study concept : Mission E. I’m not going to deal with all the technical aspects in this post; just the main ones.

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The Mission E is the very first “car” to get a 800-volt drive system. While the other electric cars have a 400-volt drive system, it makes the Mission E über performant.

Mission E charging area : in the fender

Mission E charging area : in the fender

PMSM. What is that? For those of you who have watched 24h of Le Mans this summer, you may have seen the Porsche 919s 1-2 finish. Well, they were equipped with PMSM (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors), which recovers braking energy to accelerate, simply. The Mission E concept is, as the 919s, equipped with those Iron Man things, which produce over 600 HP. Oh, yes I almost forgot : they can propel the car to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, and to 200 km/h in less than 12 seconds.

Porsche isn’t all about performance, just mainly.

3.5 seconds to do 0 to 100, that is kind of impressive when a Ferrari 458 does 3.3. The Mission E is, let’s say, as performant as a 458 on drag race, has a range of 500 kilometres (like a Tesla) and… can charge its batteries up to 80% in 15 minutes. By the way, Tesla Superchargers can do 50% in 20 minutes. So, who’s the boss? We still don’t know! I’d like to say Porsche, but it’s too early.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t be impressed if Porsche’s engineers soon come up with a production version of the Mission E. In fact, they’ve not only come up with huge technical improvements, but also with comfort and interior designs that really can change a driver’s life.

Convinced ? Yes I am. Would I buy one ? No, because it’s electron powered.