Porsche will pioneer one of Volkswagen Group's most ambitious projects ever:
a 300-plus mile electric car based on the Mission E concept. But, VW's other
brands reportedly want in on Porsche's project with Bentley and Audi leading
Automobile reported on Thursday that both Audi and Bentley have applied for
a piece of the Mission E, codenamed J1. Bentley wants to chase an even more
luxurious variant, potentially called the Barnato, while Audi reportedly has
named its variant the e-tron GT. The report suggested the production Mission
E will arrive with three horsepower levels: 402, 536, and 670. Bentley and
Audi could pluck one or more of the powertrain variations for their electric
cars. At launch, Porsche promises more than 300 miles of range, but there
are rumors of a 150 kwh battery that might push range to 500 miles for 2022.
What range anxiety?
Charging times could be minimized, too, at least if you're at the right
charging station. Porsche already installed its first prototype 350-kilowatt
electric-car charging station in Berlin, Germany, earlier this year. The
ultra-fast charging station replenishes 80 percent of the battery in just 15
minutes. Porsche will share the technology with any brands that follow the
CCS charging standard.
VW's other premium brands, Bugatti and Lamborghini, also need to incorporate
electrification. Lamborghini most recently showed the Terzo Millenio concept
to preview future all-electric supercar. But, in the near future, Automobile
reported the brand will chase a 2+2 vehicle based on the Porsche Panamera
Turbo S E-Hybrid. Even more intriguing? Bugatti will reportedly introduce
its own 2+2 variant as well with identical plug-in hybrid technology.
Although both plug-in cars from Lamborghini and Bugatti will use the
Panamera as a starting point, expect major visual differences and added
opulence, especially from Bugatti. The news also mimics a recent report that
Lamborghini is considering a 4-seat vehicle or a third sports car.