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Porsche greenlights EV supercar, Tesla targeted

PORSCHE has given the thumbs-up for production if its all-electric supercar and it is expected to be even more potent and more practical than the Mission E concept it unveiled at last September’s Frankfurt motor show.

The Mission E concept has a driving range of more than 500km, 440kW of power, zero-to-100km/h sprint time of less than 3.5 seconds and an 80 per cent battery charge time of just 15 minutes on a fast charger.

If the production version surpasses these figures, American electric car maker Tesla will have a serious rival to fend off.

The Tesla S takes 30 minutes to revive battery charge to 80 percent while offering a range of up to 430km on the American EPA test cycle.

While the final name of the production version is yet to be confirmed, Porsche confirmed that a vehicle based on the Mission E will go into production at its Stuttgart plant by the end of the decade, creating 1000 jobs.

Britain’s Autocar reports that development of the vehicle has started under the code name J1.

The concept, sporting familiar Porsche design cues, is a four-door four-seater with rear-opening “suicide” doors for back-seat access.

Performance wise, it is hard to see Porsche giving away any advantage to Tesla, whose current Model S – in 90kWh P90D flagship guise – boasts 568kW (761hp) of power, a supercar-like 0-100km/h sprint time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 249km/h in Ludicrous mode (about the same as Porsche’s hybrid 918 Spyder).

Porsche promises a wireless charging option with induction loop technology available for installation in an owner’s garage.

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