Porsche’s head of Battery Electric Vehicles recently took a shot at Tesla as the company gears up for the release of its Mission E all-electric vehicle.
Unlike many German auto companies, Porsche is one that decided to get in on the ground floor when it came to electrifying cars. In 2010, the company launched hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera four-door vehicles, and then followed that up with the Porsche 918 Spyder, a plug-in hybrid that married the soul of a supercar to an electric motor and managed to get the best of both worlds.
In a recent interview, Porsche’s Head of Battery Electric Vehicles Stefan Weckbach talked about Porsche’s next foray into alternative-fueled cars with the Mission E all-electric vehicle, and he didn’t hold back when it came to taking shots at some other electric car manufacturers.
“We’ve been working on electrification of the powertrain for many years, always keeping our eye on the goal of leveraging the strengths of this concept for the benefit of our customers,” Weckbach began. The Mission E, Porsche’s upcoming electric four-door coupe, was revealed in concept form at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although a concept, Weckbach assures us that the final production model will look very similar.
He also mentioned that the Mission E will be as practical a Porsche as possible. Despite being stuffed to the gills with electric motors are technological gizmos, “there’s still 100 liters of space for luggage." The Mission E will also be built on 800 V architecture allowing it to be charged to a 400 km range (roughly 250 miles) in just 20 minutes.
“After a cup of coffee and a 20-minute break, they’ll be ready to drive another 400 kilometers,” he said.
And when it came to comparing the Mission E with other electric cars, Weckbach didn’t hold back. He said that "Porsche is unlikely to lower itself to gimmicks” when asked if the company would simulate the sound of an engine on the Mission E. And when asked how Porsche’s 0 to 60 time would compare to Tesla’s, who boast their cars can manage the feat in under three seconds, Weckbach was quick to point out Tesla’s flaw.
"But only twice – the third attempt will fail. The system is throttled. Porsche drivers won’t need to worry about anything like that happening. The Mission E will offer reproducible performance and a top speed which can be maintained for long periods."
Tesla ended the practice of limiting drivers to using launch control only twice but did mention that repeated use could damage the car’s powertrain.
"Our ambition is always to offer the sportiest vehicle in the segment: a compact, attractive design and a high level of performance combined with everyday usability, Weckbach said. “That is the soul of Porsche. And that soul will also be embodied in our electric sport saloon."