Currently, you can pick up a hybrid-electric Porsche in a number of body styles, including a sedan (Panamera), a crossover (Cayenne) and a coupe (918 Spyder). However, the company does not sell a proper battery-electric car. That will change by 2020, though, as Porsche just received the green light to turn its Mission E concept into a production model.
"With Mission E, we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand," said Porsche chairman Dr. Wolfgang Porsche in a statement. "Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car."
The Mission E concept debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and people were immediately taken by its futuristic take on traditional Porsche contours. It looks like a mix between a 911, a Panamera and a spaceship. Its electric motors provide nearly 600 horsepower, yet the car still has a range of about 310 miles. Some of those numbers might drop before the car hits production, as concepts regularly offer up solutions that prove too expensive to produce.
Porsche Mission E makes a striking appearance in Frankfurt (pictures)See all photos
Nevertheless, the Mission E stands to bring Porsche's sports-car sensibilities to a new market. The automaker's 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid was hailed as a resounding success -- all 918 examples are sold, and many media outlets proclaimed it the quickest car they'd ever tested. It's only natural that the company would progress from partial to full-on electrification.
Since the car won't debut until the tail end of the decade, there isn't a single whiff of detail to be had in Porsche's release.
But if you're a gambler, it'd be a safe bet that the Porsche Mission E (or whatever it's called) will be priced to go head-to-head with Tesla's Model S P90D, the electric automaker's sportiest model. The P90D currently retails for $119,200 (directly converted, about £78,945 or AU$161,890).