Sunday, December 6, 2015
Porsche announced on Friday it will continue to develop the Mission E Concept, the marque’s first electric vehicle, in the hopes of bringing it to production by “the end of the decade.”
The electric sedan was unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September and will have more than 600 horsepower, an 800-volt charging system, and a range of 310 miles, putting it squarely in the territory of today’s Tesla Model S sedan.
To accommodate production of the EV, Porsche says it will invest “around 700 million euros” into its headquarters at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and add more than 1,000 new jobs. A new assembly plant and paint shop will be built, and the current body shop will be enlarged. The existing engine factory also will be expanded and equipped for electric motor production. Porsche mentions that its Weissach development center will receive similar investments.
“With Mission E, we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand,” Dr. Woflgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG. “Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car.”
While Mission E does not exceed the Model S P85D’s power output and roughly matches its range, the 800-volt charging system promises to replenish 80% of the lithium-ion battery in 15 minutes. Porsche claims it is twice as fast as today’s 400-volt quick-charging systems.
Source: Porsche | Photos courtesy Porsche