In the meanwhile everyone interested in the topic has heard about the surprise from Thursday evening. Originally announced as an unveil event for the Tesla Semi, it turned out to have one more thing. Elon Musk introduced to us after the electric truck with incredibly impressive performance data the new edition of the Tesla Roadster. And latter one was mind-blowing.
Especially a manufacturer like Porsche got a pretty hard punch. Slowly the company recognized the Mission E as their future lead product, and the developers proudly presented the vehicle to an interested audience at the IAA in Frankfurt, and now this. Not even on the road yet, and recently announced car looks like an old horse.
Porsche is not the first company to experience this. Already Audi’s R8-etron, which also was praised as the new Tesla-killer was scrapped without much fanfare. One of the reason was the underwhelming performance in comparison to the Model S, that made Audi’s vehicle look more like a lawn mower.
Here are the performance metrics of Roadster and Mission E in one table (a new comparison chart, extended by 10 super sports cars can be found here):
|Tesla Roadster||Porsche Mission E|
Acceleration 0-96km/h (60mph)
|1.9 seconds||3.5 seconds|
|Top Speed||>400 km/h (250 mph)||>250 kmh|
|Range||992 km (620 miles)||>500 km (>300 miles)|
|Seats||4 people||4 people|
|Price||starting at $200.000||starting at €90.000|
|Availability||starting 2020||starting 2019|
In a blog post two years ago I tried to examine the reasons why German automotive companies are lagging behind. Aptly titled German Innovation Problems Explained With Porsche and Tesla these issues have only gotten more severe.
The experience that Tesla could gather with hundreds of thousands of their electric vehicles on the road directly goes back into development and has helped Tesla’s battery technology to jump ahead. German manufacturers so far having nothing to counter, as they are lacking practical experience with battery technology (as well as with autonomous cars). And that starts to hurting them. Vehicles with performance metrics that are behind the competition are not easily sold. And this reduces the amount of experience. A devil’s circle, which companies engraved with a culture of dedication to internal combustion engines engaging only half-heartedly with an electric drive train, can only escape with big difficulties, if they are lucky.
This article has also been published in German.