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In presenting the Mission E at the IAA in Frankfurt, Porsche is introducing the first all-electrically powered four-seat sports car in the brand’s history. The concept car combines the design of a Porsche and the forward-thinking of the first 800-volt drive system. With over 600 hp system power and over 500 km driving range, the all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering Mission E concept is capable of zero to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and a charging time of around 15 minutes – thanks to the 800-volt drive system.

Doubling the voltage – compared to today’s electric vehicles that operate at 400 volts – offers multiple advantages: shorter charging times and lower weight, because lighter, smaller gauge copper cables are sufficient for energy transport. A movable body segment on the front left wing in front of the driver’s door gives access to the charging port for the innovative “Porsche Turbo Charging” system. As an alternative, the technology platform can be connected to a conventional 400-volt charging station, or it can be replenished at home in the garage via convenient inductive charging by simply parking over a coil embedded in the floor of the garage.

The all-electric drive concept made it possible to fully reinterpret the interior. The lack of a transmission opens up space and gives a lighter and more airy atmosphere to the entire interior. Race bucket seats served as inspiration for the four single seats. Their lightweight design is weight-saving, and it gives occupants secure lateral support during dynamic driving. Additionally, instruments are intuitively operated by eye-tracking and gesture control, some even via holograms. For a more in-depth look at the concept be sure to check out the video below.

In other Porsche-related news, here’s for very first look at the revamped 2017 911.

Brian Farmer is Highsnobiety's Managing Editor and is based in New York City.

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