Porsche plans to take on Tesla with a powerful electric sports sedan

5 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Porsche gives its Tesla killer the green light: Mission E can be charged simply by driving over a special tile and has a holographic dashboard controlled just by LOOKING at it.

The Volkswagen-owned manufacturer will create more than 1,000 new jobs at its base in Zuffenhausen in Germany where a new paint shop and assembly line will be set up to build the battery-powered “Mission E” model, Porsche said on Friday. In September, Porsche showed off the Mission E, a fully electric and fully beautiful concept made to dethrone Tesla motors as the EV industry’s king of cool.Porsche boasts its new Mission E concept h can go from zero to 100 km/h acceleration in under 3.5 seconds, will take just 15 minutes to charge to 80% of its 500km range. Porsche’s investment in emissions-free drive technology reflects parent VW’s growing commitment to increase its electric offerings as it struggles to overcome an emissions scandal.

The four-door car, which looks like a futuristic version of today’s Porsche Panamera, will be able to go 310 miles on a single charge, Porsche has boasted. VW has said the next generation of its VW-badged flagship luxury saloon Phaeton will be electric and it plans to expand the so-called MQB modular production platform to focus more strongly on long-range plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. It also says the car will have a radical dashboard boasting ‘Instruments intuitively operated by eye-tracking and gesture control, some even via holograms.’ Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) – similar to those used in this year’s Le Mans victor, the 919 hybrid – accelerate the sports car and recover braking energy. Porsche’s Mission E model, due to come to market by the end of the decade, will be more than 600 horsepower and have a range of over 500 km (310 mile). “We are sending a significant sign for the future of the brand,” Chairman Wolfgang Porsche said after a meeting of the supervisory board which approved the investment. When the car was unveiled in September, a Porsche spokesperson only said that “production of the car would be feasible within the near future.” The car is part of a bigger push by Volkswagen Group into electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Some 700 million euros will be spent at Zuffenhausen where an existing engine plant and body shop will be extended, and the rest will be invested in Porsche’s development centre in Weissach, the carmaker said. Via the 800-volt port, the battery can be charged to approximately 80 per cent of its capacity in around 15 minutes – a record time for electric vehicles. As an alternative, the technology platform can be connected to a conventional 400-volt charging station, or it can be replenished at home in the garage via convenient inductive charging by simply parking over a coil embedded in the floor of the garage from which the energy is transferred without cables to a coil on the car’s underbody. Hackberg is one of eight company officials suspended after VW admitted installing “defeat” devices that allowed its cars to meet emissions requirements while continuing to spew pollutants into the air.

Porsche, which faces increasingly strict fuel emission standards from US and European authorities, been working with batteries for a few years now, with top notch results.

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