Porsche Mission E Electric Car Takes on the Tesla Model S
3/8/2018 1:21:18 AM
Arthur J. Villasanta - Fourth Estate Contributor

Stuttgart, Germany (4E) - The Porsche Mission E, the first fully electric car from the legendary German maker of high performance sports cars, and the Tesla Model S all-electric five-door, luxury liftback apparently have a lot in common performance-wise, despite Porsche's boast it wants the Mission E to be a lot better the American sedan.

To enter production at Porsche's Zuffenhausen plant in 2019, the Mission E has an estimated top speed of more than 250 km/h and can zoom from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, and 0 to 200 km/h in 12 seconds. The two electric motors can generate more than 440 kW (600 hp).

The car's turbo charging system can recharge its hefty batteries to 80% in just 15 minutes. Its batteries can be charged by an inductive plate or with an conventional charger system.

Mission E will have a projected range of more than 500 kilometers on a single charge. All four wheels are individually controlled by the Porsche torque vectoring system. Porsche chairman Oliver Blume last year said the Mission E will be "priced like entry-level (Porsche) Panamera," which starts at $85,000.

And how does the Model S, which it the road in 2012, stack-up against this upstart?

In February 2017, the Tesla Model S P100D established the record as the fastest accelerating production car in the world thanks to a software update. The car went from 0-97 lm/h (0-60 mph) in 2.2755 seconds using a new Easter egg mode called Ludicrous+. This model is the first electric car to break the 2.3 second barrier.

This acceleration was even faster than Tesla's original promise of 2.5 seconds, and faster than the 2.389 second time recorded by the Tesla Racing Channel in January 2017. Top speed of the Model S, however, comes to 250 km/h, about similar to that of the Mission E.

The EPA official range for the 2017 Model S P100D equipped with a 100 kWh battery pack is 540 km per charge, or higher than any other electric car currently on the road. Base price for the Model S P100D is $135,700. This price can increase by as much as $22,000 by adding a slew of accessories.

The Model S P100D is powered by a larger, 100 kWh battery meaning the sedan can achieve a range of 315 miles per full charge. That's an increase of 15 miles per charge over the Model S 90D and P90D.

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