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Porsche Mission E pre-production pics reveal new details about Tesla rival

Details of the pre-production variant of Porsche’s rival to the Tesla Model S, the Mission E, was recently revealed in the German carmaker’s Annual & Sustainability report for 2017. The images of the Mission E pre-production units reveal similarities and changes to the vehicle’s eye-catching concept that Porsche revealed during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Details of the pre-production Mission E in Porsche’s recent report include the electric car’s passenger doors, which appear to have taken a step away from the concept version’s suicide doors. The pre-production design’s front, however, carries over much of the details found on the concept, including the eye-catching aerodynamic lines that bend into the car’s headlights.

The pre-production Mission E’s storage spaces were also visible in the images provided by the German legacy carmaker. Based on the photos, the frunk of the pre-production Mission E appears to be in the same ballpark as the Model 3. Thanks to its broad-hipped design, the Mission E’s rear trunk seems to have a lot of space as well. 

Also included in the report is an image of the vehicle’s charge port, which is designed to be compatible with the IONITY charging network. As we noted in a previous report, the IONITY network, which is built in collaboration by the Volkswagen Group, BMW Group, Daimler AG, and the Ford Motor Company, is designed to rival Tesla’s Supercharger network. IONITY exceeds the current output of Tesla’s 120 kW Superchargers, with an output of 350 kW. With this charging infrastructure in place, Porsche claims that the Mission E could gain 248 miles of range in as little as 15 minutes. 

According to a recent report from GearBrain, however, Porsche’s pay system for the IONITY network would be on the other side of the spectrum as Tesla’s Superchargers. Tesla’s high-powered Superchargers charge Model 3 owners every time they use the infrastructure, but owners of the Model S and Model X — the Elon Musk-led company’s flagships — can use the chargers for free.

In a statement to the publication, Porsche’s deputy chairman of the executive board Lutz Meschke noted that the company would bill Mission E owners for charging services from day one of ownership. The executive also noted that the rates for the IONITY network would be comparable to the prices of gasoline. The Porsche executive also downplayed the business model of Tesla’s charging infrastructure, stating that the Supercharger network “was only free for a while.”

“Yes, but it (Tesla’s Supercharger network) was only free for a while. You can not run things like this; you have to earn money from these services. We want to earn money with the new products and services,” Meschke said.

The Porsche executive’s statement about the Supercharger network’s rates is only partly true, of course, as only Model 3 owners are adopting a pay-per-use model. In a recent statement on its website announcing a price adjustment for the service, Tesla even asserted that the company is not looking to make money from the Supercharger network.

“Tesla is committed to ensuring that Supercharger will never be a profit center,” Tesla wrote.

Porsche Mission E pre-production pics reveal new details about Tesla rival

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