Pursuing an Auto Career? See How Porsche Plans to Challenge Tesla with Its New EV
September 29, 2015
Since Tesla’s debut into the automotive industry, the company has proven itself as a serious competitor for major luxury car brands. However, German luxury automaker Porsche has recently stepped up to the plate, revealing its brand-new electric vehicle (EV) concept at this year’s Frankfurt International Auto Show —a car that might just give Tesla’s Model S a run for its money.
If you’re planning to pursue an auto career, read on to learn more about the automotive specs of Porsche’s Mission E concept.
A Brief History of Porsche Hybrids
If you’re hoping to begin an auto career, you may already know that Porsche offers hybrid versions of several of its existing gasoline-powered models, such as the Cayenne, Panamera and 918 Spyder.
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid produces 416 horsepower, goes from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and boasts a range of features for fuel-efficient SUV driving, such as a battery that can handle up to 36km on its own.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid has a top track speed of 270 km/h as well as three driving modes. Additionally, drivers have the option of hitting a switch that enables the car to be powered solely by its direct-fuel injected gas engine.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.6-litre V8 engine that produces 608 horsepower as well as two electric motors that deliver an additional 279 horsepower—which makes a combined total output of 887 horsepower. Car enthusiasts know that this car was able to travel the infamous Nurburgring track in just over 7 minutes.
In recent auto news, there’s been talk about Porsche’s plans to build a hybrid version of its 911 model. Rumors say that the legendary car will be available to fuel-efficient car enthusiasts by 2020.
Porsche Mission E Specs: A Guide for Aspiring Auto Mechanics
Since Porsche is no newcomer to hybrid automotive technology, it should come as no surprise that the company will be producing an entirely electric vehicle.
One thing was clear when Porsche unveiled its Mission E concept at the Frankfurt International Auto Show: it’s a gorgeous car. It stands 4 feet 3 inches tall, and is made up of many aerodynamic curves.
Porsche says that on a full charge, the car will have a range of 499km, and that it can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0 to 100km/h) in 3.5 seconds. In addition, the company has announced that the Mission E battery can charge in just 15 minutes!
Professional auto mechanics will no doubt be impressed by where the Mission E’s power is sourced—the car uses a propulsion system derived from the Porsche 919 model, which competes in the Le Mans races. The Mission E has an all-wheel drive system that makes use of 2 electric motors to produce a combined 600 horsepower. The car also boasts the same all-wheel steering system as the Porsche’s 918 Spyder, 911 GT3, and 911 Turbo models, offering incredible handling at high speeds.
At the Frankfurt International Auto Show, Porsche also mentioned that its Mission E will feature a wide range of futuristic tech options, including a 3D infotainment display that moves as the driver shifts position, a rear-view camera that can read the driver’s mood and a wireless battery charging function.
Auto-lovers may have to wait a while before they can get an up-close look at the Porsche Mission E. At this point, it’s only a concept and there’s been no talk of production dates just yet.
Check out Porsche’s Mission E launch video here:
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