Encouraged by the good reception in the media and even winning ‘Concept Car Design of the year’ at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, Porsche is reportedly leveraging its new electric vehicle platform for the Mission E to also make a smaller coupé version of the sedan.
Porsche greenlighted the Mission E for production last year soon after unveiling it. The German automaker has since announced that it would create about 1,000 new jobs at its base in Zuffenhausen and an investment about 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) to make its first all-electric car.
In a report following an interview with Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, Automobile Mag claims that the previously rumoured Porsche Pajun, a sport coupé aimed at a 2019 release, will be an all-electric vehicle built on the Mission E platform.
The car is codenamed ‘Pajun E’ according to the publication:
“Blume is understandably reluctant to discuss Pajun E, but admits the architecture underpinning Mission E, codenamed J1, is scalable. This complex and unique low-floor EV hardware could be developed in two directions: Made larger to create a potentially game-changing, totally silent Bentley Mulsanne replacement; and smaller to take on EVs coming from BMW (iNext, formerly known as i5 or i6) and Mercedes (EQE, a three-box EV positioned between C- and E-Class).”
It’s actually not too difficult to imagine what a smaller coupé version of the Mission E would look like. Here’s a gallery of the concept car:
As previously reported, Porsche is aiming for the Mission E to have “over 310 miles of range” (500 km) on a single charge, but being based in Germany, Porsche is talking about the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is much more forgiving than the EPA rating and doesn’t really reflect real-world range.
We would expect the real-world range to be closer to ~250 miles. The automaker also claims that the Mission E will be equipped with a 800-volt charging system able to charge up to 80% in about 15 minutes.