PORSCHE’S NEW ELECTRIC CROSSOVER SUV HAS ONE BIG PROBLEM
The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo SUV is slow!
Porsche's management love to trash talk Tesla, invoking the brand again and again to get free publicity for Porsche's EV attempts. At the Geneva Motor show this week, Porsche showed yet another EV concept vehicle, the Mission E Cross Turismo SUV, comparing it directly with the Tesla Model X.
The only problem is that the performance-oriented Mission E is slower than the two-year-old seven-seat Model X 100D!
The concept Porsche is claimed to go from Zero to 100 kilometres per hour (roughly 0-60mph) in less than 3.5 seconds. In real-life, the P100D Model X goes from Zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds! Substantially faster.
The Porsche is arguably more attractive than the Tesla, but it only seats four instead of seven. When a brand-new Porsche is slower than the stated competition, something is wrong.
There are other variants of course if you fancy a 4 Seater saloon? The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a relative slug at 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds, compared to a Tesla Model S P100D which blasts 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.
In fact, all of the top-spec Teslas are faster than anything Porsche makes electric, petrol or diesel, apart from one crazy racing trim 911 GT2 RS which costs USD 300,000 and can still only do 0-60 in 2.7 seconds.
The forthcoming $250,000 Tesla Roadster will do the same in 1.9 seconds, without the overstyled drama.
Talking technology, behind the bold claims, Porsche is way behind on self-driving, not even touching this area in their press literature.
All Tesla vehicles, including the affordable Model 3 have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.
Porsche also lacks any form of charging network. Tesla currently has over 7,500 SuperChargers globally, with more being installed daily.
GadgetNET says: Porsche should probably STFU until they can convincingly outperform Tesla and make some of the concepts into real vehicles.
Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.
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