Camouflaged prototypes are already crisscrossing the globe. We expect the Porsche Mission E to make its public debut at a major auto show either late this year or in early 2019. If this prediction is accurate, the company’s first full-production electric model will arrive in showrooms in time for the 2020 model year. Porsche could later keep the momentum going — and leverage the benefits of economies of scale — by introducing at least one additional electric model. The Mission E’s platform (called J1 internally) won’t spawn an SUV, though.
“Our target with the Mission E was to have a very sporty and low car. Using this platform for a high-floor car [like an SUV] would be tough. But if you talk about low-floor cars, something like the Cross Turismo, or if you talk about two-door cars, or if you talk about convertibles, the platform will be ready for that. You can modify the wheelbase to a certain extent without losing battery capacity. It’s very flexible,” Stefan Weckbach, the head of Porsche’s EV program, told Digital Trends in a round-table interview of the sidelines of the Geneva Auto Show.
Weckbach candidly added the rugged-looking Mission E Cross Turismo concept introduced in Geneva remains a strong candidate for production, though it won’t arrive until a few years into the standard model’s production run. Production of both models will take place in a dedicated facility located on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany, the company’s hometown.
In terms of pricing, the Mission E will slot between the Cayenne and the Panamera. It will carry a base price of about $75,000 before incentives are factored in. In other words, it will fight in exactly the same segment as the Tesla Model S. Though it hasn’t been unveiled yet, the sedan has already generated quite a buzz.
“We talk to dealers and they tell us we can’t get it here soon enough,” Lawrence added. Asked if he’s concerned about customer acceptance, he answered some purists will howl at the idea of an electric Porsche but most will respond favorably.
“I think of all the work we’ve done in terms of racing, and in the development of our production models moving towards electrification with the hybrids, with the 918. We’ve done a lot to prove to our customers that, yes, electric can be exciting, electric can be Porsche, and electric can even enhance the Porsche experience,” he said.
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