Whether its Nissan, BMW or Tesla, electric car manufacturers and their customers have one thing in common: the road is the goal. Nobody wants to fall by the wayside, and Porsche has recently become a major player. We’ve been watching this tremendous development for several years now, full of excitement and anticipation. We even got to see a Porsche hybrid vehicle (Panamera) on stage for the first time at our GreenTec Awards in 2011. Back then, many people still looked at us in disbelief, thinking we were crazy. For us, however, it was always clear that environmental protection and sports cars are by no means mutually exclusive. Now the Swabian sports car manufacturer is facing a tough race in the high-end electrical segment with Tesla. But who has the upper hand?

PORSCHE DELCARES ITSELF AS
COMPETITION FOR TESLA

Category: Mobility     Text: Viviana Michel
Whether its Nissan, BMW or Tesla, electric car manufacturers and their customers have one thing in common: the road is the goal. Nobody wants to fall by the wayside, and Porsche has recently become a major player. We’ve been watching this tremendous development for several years now, full of excitement and anticipation. We even got to see a Porsche hybrid vehicle (Panamera) on stage for the first time at our GreenTec Awards in 2011. Back then, many people still looked at us in disbelief, thinking we were crazy. For us, however, it was always clear that environmental protection and sports cars are by no means mutually exclusive. Now the Swabian sports car manufacturer is facing a tough race in the high-end electrical segment with Tesla. But who has the upper hand?
Tesla is in pole position
Tesla recognized the potential threat of electric drivers being worried about range at an early stage. Since 2012, a comprehensive network of superchargers was implemented. The nearly 8,500 high-speed charging stations also make long distance journeys with the fully electric Teslas possible without any problems. (In comparison, Chargepoint, the world’s largest charging station network operator, has over 46,000 charging points, which are suitable for all electric cars, but only 400 of them are high-speed charging stations).
Porsche in the fast lane
This is where Porsche comes in with its first all-electric CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) Mission E Cross Turismo. Through a tight network of charging stations, the batteries will be able to charge in a staggering 15 minutes for a range of 400 kilometres. The aim is to equip all Porsche dealers with such rapid charging stations. For drivers who regularly travel many kilometres and do not have their own garage to recharge, this infrastructure will become an invaluable selling advantage. Porsche seems to be in the fast lane, and is slowly but surely overtaking its competitors.
But let’s go back to the beginning. Porsche presented it’s first all-electric sports car, Mission E, at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt. The new Mission E Cross Turismo, which is to go into series production next year, is based on the same concept. Both vehicles contain exactly the same technology and shine with impressive figures: Two permanently excited synchronous motors with an output of 600 hp allow the Mission E to accelerate from 0 to 100 in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 250 km/h. The new Mission E Cross Turismo is the first of its kind in the world to be equipped with a new, permanently excited synchronous motor. With the announced range of up to 500 kilometres, Porsche ranks higher than all other electric car manufacturers. Not bad, right?
We are, of course, also impressed by the design of it’s striking off-road elements: Wide mudguards and vertical air intakes in the front (Air Certains), as well as the matrix LED headlights are just a few of the stylistic highlights of the Mission E Cross Turismo. The small electric motors and no gearbox allow for more space in the interior and a lean external appearance. We simply can’t help but cheer Porsche on.

It’s different because it’s a Porsche

STEFAN WECKBACH
Head of electric car department Porsche

On the home stretch
“The Mission E Cross Turismo demonstrates how we imagine an entirely electric future. It combines sportiness and suitability for everyday use in a unique way. Our vehicle will not only drive fast, it will also be able to charge quickly and deliver consistent performance,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management at Porsche AG. Tesla, on the other hand, warns its customers about using super-acceleration excessively, as batteries, motors and transmissions can wear out. It seems like Tesla might be struggling to keep up. Nonetheless, we are sure that Tesla will continue to innovate and push forward too.
But let’s be clear, the battery-powered Porsche will definitely prove to be competitive in the high-end electronics segment beyond Tesla. Nevertheless, it remains exciting, the competition does not rest. Jaguar is introducing its own Tesla fighter, the i-Pace SUV, Audi continues to work on its e-tron models and at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, a production-ready version of Polestar’s hybrid electric sports sedan (Volvo’s new performance brand) will be presented.
Who will really end up winning the race is obviously also just a matter of taste. Our favourite, Porsche, is up against Tesla and has big plans: Porsche wants to sell every second electric car by 2023, and we are excited to see who crosses the finish line first. We still think we’ll be driving in a Porsche sooner or later.

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