Porsche is pushing hard to ensure its Mission E electric sports car makes it into showrooms in 2020 with technology to enable fast-charging to 80% in just 15mins.
Power from the Mission E's powertrain is expected to at least match that of the Mission E concept, which produced a combined 590bhp to enable a 3.5sec 0-62mph time. Porsche's engineers are working to ensure this straight-line pace is matched by handling worthy of the brand.
Porsche plans for the Mission E to have Level 4 autonomous driving technology (self-driving in nearly all situations, with driver attention not required), but denied that it would allow fully autonomous driving over longer distances. “There are situations in traffic jams where you will be able to read a newspaper, but our customers take pleasure from driving and this will remain,” he said.
Additionally, Porsche is working on providing the Mission E with software that will allow over-the-air updates such as those pioneered by Tesla with its Model S. “It will be possible to work with over-the-air options,” said Blume. “It isn’t decided yet, but it could be possible to charge up with more power. For example, when you have 400bhp, it could be possible to upgrade to 450bhp."
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