Porsche focused on making Mission E feel like a “real Porsche”
German automaker Porsche’s Mission E electric vehicle (EV) is not scheduled to go into production for another year, but the automaker has been gradually marketing the vehicle.
The Porsche Mission E -- which was first unveiled by the automaker in 2015 at the International Motor Show (IAA) -- has often been described in most media reports as a ‘Tesla killer.’
However, with Porsche apparently not liking the term being used by the media, Stefan Weckbach -- Porsche’s Head of the BEV Model Series -- has said in recent comments that the main objective of the automaker is to ensure that Mission E has the overall feeling of a “real Porsche.”
Weckbach also commended US electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors for its relentless efforts in the EV arena, and said that Tesla has been doing “a wonderful job driving electric mobility.”
Weckbach’s comments that Porsche wants its Mission E electric car to really feel “like a Porsche” were made recently, when he took a few people along for getting test drives in the Mission E Cross Turismo CUV in California. Describing the Mission E Cross Turismo as a “road-ready” vehicle, Weckbach said: “The CUV is especially interesting because some near-series elements are already being used in the interior.”
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Japanese automaker Nissan has announced the launch of a new program under which old battery packs of Nissan LEAF electric vehicles will be replaced with ‘refabricated’ battery packs.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has recently confirmed that a new Autopilot interface will be released by the automaker as part of the upcoming Version 9 of the over-the-air software update which is scheduled for a rollout this summer.
Tesla Motors is already promoting its Semi electric truck to corporate clients.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said in a recent statement that the US-based electric vehicle manufacturer is considering the possibility of opening a new Gigafactory in Germany.
Electric vehicle sales increased by 31 percent across the United States for the data compiled till August 2017. As per InsideEVs report, 120,500 plug-in vehicles have been sold in the U.S.