Porsche’s Mission E concept flaunts its advanced electric drive system in Frankfurt

first_imgPorsche has taken the wraps off its first all-electric, four-seat sports car, the Mission E Concept.Designed to challenge Tesla’s Model S, the Mission E boasts over 600 horsepower from an 800-volt e-drive system derived from Motorsport applications. Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) – just like the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 hybrid – drive all four wheels and recover energy while braking. The combination propels the Mission E to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph in under 12.0 seconds.In addition to all-wheel drive, the Mission E borrows four-wheel steering from models like the Porsche 911 GT3 and uses an advanced torque-vectoring system to keep power down. Porsche claims the e-drive system can accelerate with its full power repeatedly, unlike other electric systems, and helps the Mission E lap the Nurburgring in under eight minutes.Other highlights include a 15-minute charge time (for 80 percent of the batteries full capacity) and a 500-kilometer/310-mile maximum range. These feats are possible thanks to the “Porsche Turbo Charging system’s lighter, smaller gauge copper cables that are sufficient for energy transport.” The 800-volt system can also be adapted for standard 400-volt charging systems at a slower recharging pace.Inside, Porsche has added eye-tracking and gesture control for its infotainment system and driver controls, including holograms that are “highly oriented toward the driver by automatically adjusting the displays to the driver’s position.” Though I’m not quite clear on what that means, it sounds very cool.In terms of driving dynamics, the Mission E’s low center of gravity, lightweight construction (aluminum, steel, and carbon fiber reinforced polymer), and even weight distribution give the concept “emotional sportiness.”The design is inspired by Porsche’s 918 Spyder and 911 Carrera, including a sweptback roofline and low, squat stance. The Mission E also uses a new type of Matrix LED headlight in Porsche’s four-point headlight design. The lack of a B pillar gives the concept a two-door coupe look and the doors open in suicide-style.Obviously several of these design elements won’t make it to production, but if the electric drivetrain carries over, the Tesla Model S will have a sincere rival on its hands. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing last_img read more

Employee who pushed and ejected man from Canadian Tire no longer with

REGINA — A Canadian Tire staff member who physically removed an Indigenous man from a store in Regina is no longer with the company, a spokesperson said Sunday.Kamao Cappo of the Muscowpetung First Nation posted a video to social media last week that appears to show him being pushed by a store employee who accused him of shoplifting.A spokeswoman for Canadian Tire said the employee in the video “has not been working in the store since the time of the incident and he is no longer with (the company).”Cappo, 53, said he was relieved to hear the news.“I feel that Canadian Tire is starting to make some movements in the right direction,” he said.“At least it sends a message to other people who think they can manhandle their customers.”The incident sparked online outrage and about 40 people staged a demonstration outside of the store Friday to show support for Cappo, who has said he was discriminated against because he is Indigenous.Cappo was in the store buying a chainsaw, an extra chain and oil. But when he was at the checkout, he realized he had the wrong model and took the goods to customer service where he put the chain and oil inside the saw box for ease of handling by the clerk.Cappo has said that when he went to look for the right model he was approached by an employee who accused him of trying to shoplift, pushed him against some shelves and physically removed him from the store when he wouldn’t leave.He said he has a heart condition and was injured in the confrontation. He said he filed a complaint with police and is hoping the employee will be charged.Cappo said he’ll continue to press the issue in the hopes of making a difference for other Indigenous people.“Do you know how damaging it is to our children to be treated in this manner? And nobody’s doing anything about it,” he said. “We need to start doing something.”Bobby Cameron, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, says racial profiling against Indigenous people still happens regularly.“It happens every day,” Cameron said in a phone interview. “The second a First Nation walks into a door, there’s eyes on them — accusing eyes.”While he’s happy the Canadian Tire employee is no longer with the company, he says all sectors of society need more cross-cultural awareness training to address wider issues of profiling and discrimination.“We need all those customer outlets such as Canadian Tire, (as well as) gas stations, hotels, police, health, education, the justice system — all those people and individuals need a serious crash course on First Nation traditions and protocols,” he said.(The Canadian Press, CTV Regina) read more