According to Porsche chairman Oliver Blume, the Stuttgart automaker’s strategy for the Mission E production electric car includes several versions of the model after the introduction expected for 2019.
According to company chairman Oliver Blume, the hotly anticipated Mission E production series model will be available with a range of versions with differing power outputs – just like it’s the case with the conventional combustion engine models. This would go against Tesla’s strategy for example – which differentiates its versions in a model line according to battery pack size (and secondly brings different power outputs). This will be the first fully electric Porsche production model when it reaches fist customers at the end of 2019, and it will have Tesla-like capabilities for the high-tech electronics allowing over-the-air updates to key systems such as the driveline and autonomous driving functions.
“The Mission E will sit in the segment below the Panamera. It will offer a 500km (311 mile) eletric range, with a 15 minute charge time,” said Blume on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show. “We will think of different options. There will be more than one, with different levels of power.” First seen in concept form during the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, the Mission E is being completed at the Porsche research and development centre in Weissach, on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany. First road tests are being planned for the summer, kicking off a planned two-year development phase.