Porsche, Audi Unveil All-Electric Concept Cars, Will Challenge Tesla
Porsche and Audi have unveiled their brand new all-electric models – being regarded as Tesla’s newest rivals – at the Frankfurt Auto Show. While Audi’s feature was its “e-tron quattro” SUV, Porsche’s star attraction was the “Mission E.”
As reported by CBC News, Porsche’s first battery-powered sports car has a system power of 600 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds. The driving range of the car is more than 310 miles per charge, and it can charge 80 percent in around 15 minutes.
“When we designed this car, we knew it had to be a real Porsche,” chief executive Matthias Müller said. “It had to feel like a 911.”
Taking into consideration Tesla’s upgrade this June, which gave the Model S an impressive standing with a range of 300 miles per charge and acceleration of 0 to 60 miles per hour in an unbelievable 2.8 seconds, what the Mission E packs is undoubtedly impressive as it is the automobile company’s first attempt at designing an all-electric car.
Tesla’s Model X, the first luxury electric crossover, will be launched on September 29. Although Audi has announced that its electric SUV model will hit the roads in 2018, no such timeline has been presented for Porsche.
“[The arrival of electric cars] will certainly sharpen the public focus on electric vehicles and raise overall awareness. Consumers are also set to gain from growing offerings of electric cars, especially in the performance segment,” Commerzbank analyst Sascha Gommel said.
According to Mashable, Mission E’s dashboard is holographic, using an eye-tracking system to deduce what instrument the driver is looking at. The eye-tracking feature allows drivers to browse menus without touching the screen. Furthermore, the displays can be adjusted according to the position of the driver. Two side-mounted cameras on both sides of the windshield have been introduced in place of mirrors. Another attractive feature is a camera that reads the driver’s mood and displays the appropriate emoji that is sharable on social media.
Audi’s e-tron is packed with three motors and features a 95kWh battery pack. Offering a range of 310 miles to a charge, it reaches 420 horsepower in regular driving. Almost 500 horsepower is available in a special boost mode.
The production version of its electric car will be presented in early 2018, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member of Technical Development for Audi, said. Similar to Porsche, Audi features wireless inductive charging – which can also be charged using a conventional output – and a solar panel roof that can provide additional battery charge. Having radars, a laser scanner and ultrasonic sensors, the automobile company said that the e-tron is “nearly” ready for autonomous driving.
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