Porsche is about to produce its first first 100% electrically powered sedan. Last Friday, the supervisory board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG confirmed the development of a new vehicle, announced as the Mission E project.

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The Mission E concept car, which premiered at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September, surprised us with emotional sporty design and the ability to successfully combine the performance of a sports car with a day-to-day practicality. The four-door car with four individual seats comes with a system power output of over 440 kW, allowing the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds. One full battery charge the car is to have a driving range of over 500 kilometers.

The batteries will be charged via an 800-volt charger unit developed exclusively for the Mission E. Developers expect it to be twice as powerful as the quick-charge systems of today. In order to give the car an extra 80% of the range, the lithium-ion batteries integrated within the vehicle floor will only need to be quick-charged for 15 minutes.

Porsche expects to see sustainable growth in the near future, securing over 1,000 new jobs in its main site at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen alone; in the next few years, they also intened to invest around 700 million euros, build a new paint shop and a new assembly plant. Since they are also producing electric motors, the existing engine factory is also being expanded and the existing body shop is being enlarged. Porsche will also be investing in the Weissach development centre.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG: "With Mission E, we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand. Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car."

The vehicle is expected to be launched at the end of the decade.

Dec. 7, 2015 Driving photo: Porsche

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