Porsche recently introduced the Mission E at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. The Mission E is Porsche’s first all-electrically powered four-seat sports car.
The drive system of the Mission E is entirely new. Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) accelerate the sports car and recover braking energy. Together, the two motors produce over 600 hp, and they propel the Mission E to a speed of 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph in under 12 seconds. The Mission E can travel over 310 miles on one battery charge, and it can be charged with enough energy for around 248 miles more driving range in about 15 minutes.
Another feature of this Porsche sports car is a lightweight concept with optimal weight distribution and a low center of gravity. The battery mounted in the car’s underbody, which is based on the latest lithium-ion technology, runs the whole length between the front and rear axles. This distributes its weight to the two drive axles uniformly, resulting in exceptionally good balance. In addition, it makes the sports car’s center of gravity extremely low. Both of these factors significantly boost performance and a sports car feeling.
The body as a whole is made up of a functional mix of aluminum, steel and carbon fiber reinforced polymer. The wheels are made of carbon: the Mission E has wide tires mounted on 21-inch wheels in front and 22-inch wheels at the rear.
The driver’s display is curved, low-profile and free-standing. The instrument cluster shows five round instruments. They are displayed virtually in OLED technology, i.e. by organic light-emitting diodes.
The driver controls feature an eye-tracking system that detects, via camera, which instrument the driver is viewing. The driver can then activate the menu of the instrument in focus by pushing a button on the steering wheel and navigate in it. But that is not all: the display follows the seat position and body attitude of the driver in what is known as a parallax effect. If the driver sits lower, higher or leans to one side, the 3D display of the round instruments reacts and moves with the driver.