The New Tesla Roadster In Comparison To Porsche’s Mission E

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

Acceleration 0-160km/h
(100mph)

4.2 seconds n.a.
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.

5 Comments

  1. Mario has produced a ridiculously inaccurate comparison of two cars, one, the Porsche Mission e, he seems to know little or nothing about and also makes the ridiculous claim that the Tesla is more attractive. He also fails to understand that ANY auto maker can easily match Tesla’s acceleration – they can buy motors and batteries as, or more powerful than Tesla can. Tesla designs neither motors nor batteries – and the Porsche has already demonstrated an ability to recharge its batteries twice as fast as Tesla can.Mario also apparently is not aware of the Mission e’s various power and price levels – there are three and as I recall, the uprated version equals the Tesla in horsepower, or certainly can easily match it.
    This is especially true because of the enormous price differences – they give Porsche enormous lattitude to outdo the Tesla vehicle in any and all of its characteristics. Tesla’s production “roadster” (it’s not a roadster and it’s not a production car) is years behind the Mission e development – the Porsche will be available well over a year before Tesla’s car is available. There are also many others coming along – well over 120 electric cars over the next several years
    and there will be others that challenge the Tesla sports sedan, Corvette’e electric being one of them, a car that can challenge Tesla’s performance for a price that makes the Tesla car look like a very old, expensive vehicle for Walter Mitty type millionaires (probably the only ones who can afford the insurance premiums). Ford wil also likely produce a GT 40 type electric which will outclass the Tesla car. Musk was making silly claims about a car whose performace any other automaker can very easily match. Musk is the same old carnival barker he always has been. His was a totally fraudulent presentation of cars that lag the competition or will. It was all about fleecing his fans of free cash to pay his creditors.

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    1. So far the Porsche Mission E is smoke. Not yet here. While the Model S is. Has been, for four years. Have competitors so far been able to match a Model S with their own electric vehicle? Answer: None! Zero! Zilch!
      So it’s totally fine to compare two cars announced for later (Tesla Roadster and Porsche Mission E), or do I miss something in your many words?

      Charging? Porsche Mission E? Have you seen it in real life with a production car? You haven’t, right. While Model S we all have. As well as Model X and the old Roadster.

      If it were so easy as you state (“ANY auto maker can easily match Tesla’s acceleration – they can buy motors and batteries as, or more powerful than Tesla can”), the please explain WHY there has not been any of the automakers actually producing such a car?
      I mean, 120 electric cars are announced, they are all smoke so far. Almost none of the companies announcing those cars have even a battery factory. Hope they all will come, but the only one who has something in the range of several hundred thousand electric vehicles with that performance in customer hands is Tesla.

      If you want to counter my arguments, please don’t talk about your opinions, but put down the facts. And fact is that those 120 announced cars that you are throwing in to discredit the article (including the Mission E, and yes the Roadster) today are smoke and mirror. All is here speculation. But we do know that Tesla has a proven track record with multiple models of electric vehicles. Followed by i3, Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Bolt, but they are another league.

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  2. Technical considerations aside, it’s interesting that there are many visual similarities between the Tesla Roadster and the Porsche Mission E.

    1. The pair of air intakes that extends from the outer edge of the headlights.
    2. The shape of the trapezoidal air intake in the front lip.
    3. The straight edge/crease under the door.
    4. The creases on the hood.
    5. The creases on the roof.

    Of course, I’m not accusing Tesla of blatantly copying anything. Some of the similarities (e.g. the creases on the roof, front lip air intake) are motivated by aerodynamics. Still, it is quite interesting. Perhaps there was some subconscious influence.

    Also interesting that the interior also has some similaritties (e.g. the “flying buttress” center console), but this is understandable since Tesla hired the interior designer responsible for the Mission E: https://electrek.co/2016/04/11/tesla-interior-designer-porsches-mission-e/

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