The sequel to Porsche’s Mission E electric car could be an SUV

2015 Porsche Macan steering wheel detail
The Porsche Mission E electric car is due to enter production before the end of the decade, but Porsche may be planning another all-electric model for a later date.

While it has not received approval yet, an electric SUV could join the Mission E sedan in the Porsche lineup sometime in the next few years, reports Autocar. Even if it does get the green light, though, this model won’t appear for some time. The British car magazine says it will previewed by a concept car, but not until 2018 at the earliest.

The Porsche electric SUV will reportedly use a mix of components from the Mission E and the electric SUV from fellow Volkswagen Group brand Audi, which will start production in 2018. Based on the e-tron quattro concept from the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Audi will use a three-motor powertrain that could be adapted to the Porsche. Naturally for an SUV, the Porsche will feature all-wheel drive.

Read more: Learn how Porsche built its lightning-fast Mission E concept

Porsche’s electric SUV could also get more coupe-like styling, similar to the e-tron quattro concept. It’s reportedly been described by insiders as a “Cayenne coupe,” even though it won’t share major components with that internal-combustion Porsche model. The electric model could serve as a more radical counterpart to the Cayenne, similar to how the Audi electric SUV will compare to the brand’s current Q7.

A second all-electric model could help Porsche amortize the cost of setting up production facilities to build the Mission E. The company is building a dedicated assembly line and paint shop for the electric car on the site of its current Zuffenhausen factory in Germany. Porsche plans to add 1,400 jobs for Mission E production.

If the Mission E stays close to the original 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show concept, it should be quite a stunner. The concept had 600 horsepower and could do 0 to 62 mph in under 3.5 seconds, Porsche said at the time. It also featured DC fast-charging system that could recharge the battery pack to 80-percent capacity in 15 minutes, significantly faster than current systems.

Cars

Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.
Cars

Volkswagen is planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car will head to the Nürburgring for a lap-record attempt. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car with the I.D. R.
Cars

Nissan IMs concept teases a future long-range, autonomous electric car

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Nissan IMs is an electric car with a 380-mile range, autonomous-driving capability, and a backseat designed for being chauffeured. Too bad it's just a concept car.
Cars

Some of Volkswagen’s electric models will wear a ‘Made in the USA’ label

Confirming earlier rumors, Volkswagen has announced it will build electric cars in its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory. The facility currently produces the Passat and the Atlas. Production will start in 2023, Digital Trends can reveal.
Cars

Cadillac is finally ready to take on Tesla with its own electric car

At the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac announced plans for its first electric car. The unnamed model will be a crossover, based on a new platform to be shared with other General Motors brands.
Cars

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.
Cars

Lyft and Aptiv’s self-driving car program has come a long way (but not far enough)

Many companies talk about self-driving cars, but Lyft and Aptiv are already using a fleet of them to transport paying customers in Las Vegas. Hop in for a close look at the tech of autonomous cars, and the challenges they face.
Cars

Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs

Tesla has announced plans to trim its workforce by seven percent, and it will end the referral program that rewards customers who help it sell cars. These measures are ways to cut costs and boost profits.
Cars

Worried about commuting in winter weather? Nissan has the answer

The Nissan Altima midsize sedan is now available with all-wheel drive. To advertise that fact, Nissan's Canadian division slapped some tank-like tracks on an Altima to create a one-off show car.
Emerging Tech

Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you

It might just be the best or worst idea that we've ever heard: A self-driving robot bartender you can summon with an app, which promises to mix you the perfect drink wherever you happen to be.
Cars

Michigan OKs digital license plates with Rplate’s connected car platform

The state of Michigan approved the use of digital license plates on motor vehicles registered in the state. Reviver Auto, the manufacturer of the Rplate connected car platform, worked with Michigan's Department of State to pass the bill.
Cars

This Chevy Silverado pickup truck is made from more than 300,000 Lego bricks

To promote The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Lego and Chevrolet teamed up on a life-size replica of the automaker's Silverado pickup truck made from more than 300,000 plastic bricks.
Cars

Prices for using Tesla Supercharging just skyrocketed

Tesla is updating their Supercharging pricing based on local electricity rates and customer demand, which has lead to an increase in charging costs by as much as 33 percent in some regions.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!