If you thought most electric cars were not that cool, except the a Tesla, maybe you would like a new Porsche, an electric model. The first 100% electrically powered Porsche is on its way.
Porsche plans to offer an all-electric performance car by the end of the decade. The four-door car, which looks like a futuristic version of today’s Porsche Panamera, will be able to go 310 miles on a single charge, Porsche has claimed.
The car will charge quickly, too, according to Porsche, reaching 80% of a full charge in only 15 minutes, enough to drive 250 miles.
The motor (or motors, Porsche hasn’t said) will produce more than 600 horsepower. The four-seater Mission E will go from 0 to 62 mph in under 3.5 seconds.
Porsche says it will have its share of innovation, too. It points to the lithium-ion batteries in the floor that will be able to be charged to 80% in about 15 minutes, far faster than today’s systems.
An all-electric Porsche marks the “beginning of a new chapter in the history of the sports car,” said Oliver Blume, chairman of Porsche’s executive board, in a statement. It’s due by the end of the decade.
“There will be a lot of Porsche (fans) licking their chops and sitting there and waiting for it,” says Ian Beavis, chief strategy officer for AMCI Global, a consulting agency, and a former auto marketing executive.
Last year, Tesla CEO Musk opened the electric-car maker’s patents in hopes of attracting more competitors to build the overall market for electric cars. Gradually, he’s getting it.