The Mission E, Porsche's big foray in making a sexy electric car, has been one of the most-anticipated autos since the concept's debut in 2015. Stefan Weckbach, head of battery electric vehicles at Porsche, just did an interview that teased more details about the EV.
Of particular note: Porsche is getting serious about charging. The Mission E will be equipped to use 800V fast-charging, enough to put 250 miles of range into the vehicle in less than 20 minutes, Porsche says. By comparison, the Tesla Supercharger uses 480V architecture.
Over in Europe, the VW Group that owns Porsche is working with other car companies to set up the 800V standard. Here in the U.S., Ars Technica says, Porsche is on its own. So its first step in getting ready to support the Mission E is to make sure all 189 American dealerships are equipped with such a super-fast-charging station (the Mission E would work with other charging standards, too).
Weckbach also worked in a shot at Tesla, whose Model S is the clear competition for the Porsche Mission E. He notes that "One of the US-based manufacturers" boasts about its EV acceleration but that it works "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."
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