Report – Porsche could turn the 718 electric, expects good demand for Mission E image

The German sports car manufacturer is not impervious to the electric revolution and seems intent on joining the fray – and not only with the production series version of the Mission E concept.

We’re still a long way to go before Porsche becomes an electrified brand, because the production version of the Mission E is not slated to arrive at dealers sooner than 2019 but the luxury brand is already expecting strong demand for the model that will rival the next generation of the Tesla Model S (the best selling large sedan in the United States). Porsche chief Oliver Blume has spoken to the media and hinted at Porsche expecting to see 20.000 units of the Mission E being sold every year. In addition, he also spilled the beans on upcoming electrically-enhanced models from the automaker, expected to arrive in the not too distant future.

Porsche’s sales estimate is not fancy by any means – last year Tesla moved more than 50,000 units of the Model S and their estimates for the year also count on an increase. The Mission E concept seems a perfect match for the luxury electric sedan from California – it has 590 horsepower (440 kilowatts) and an estimated 310-mile (500-kilometer) range. The one model that may pack an electrified powertrain soon is the 718 Boxster roadster, though a decision hasn’t been made yet.

Via Automobilwoche and Automobile