There are exciting times ahead as Dr Ing. H. C F of the Porsche Supervisory Board announced how the Mission E project is developing. Porsche will soon unveil its first ever completely electrically powered vehicle. It is anticipated that the Mission E project will have its first product launched by 2020.
Porsche is keen to show its commitment to reducing emissions and has established more than 1,000 new jobs in Stuggart-Zuffenhausen. With an investment of 700 million Euros into this site, it is clear that it is serious about sustainable growth.
The German manufacturer is creating a new assembly plant and paint shop and the current engine factory based there is being expanded to enable the production of electric engines. The body shop is also being upgraded to prepare for the next generation of green vehicles.
Porsche has also opened three new buildings at the Weissach Development Centre where concept cars and regeneration go hand in hand. It was back in September at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) that the Mission E concept car was first revealed. Boasting a futuristic feel, the concept was highly acclaimed by everyone who visited the stand.
The design is pleasing to the eye with its fluid shape and attractive features. You cannot help but be drawn to this four door car. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds. And with its range of over 500 kilometres, it is more than capable to meet the demands of day to day driving.
Today’s electrical cars are slow and cumbersome to charge but because this concept uses a specially designed 800 volt charger unit, it has double the power of existing chargers. Tired of waiting for your hybrid to charger? After a mere 15 minutes, Mission E can recharge 80% thanks to its lithium-ion batteries discreetly hidden within the floor of the vehicle.
Customers can also opt to charge the vehicle whilst it’s parked in the garage at home. A wireless induction charger recharges the vehicle from a coil mounted to the parking bay area. The interior is just as impressive as the exterior. There are four individual seats bringing a sports performance feel to be experienced by all who travel in it.
This is most definitely a statement car and Dr Oliver Blume Porsche Executive Board knows this stating, “It heralds the dawn of a new age.” Porsche is proving that it is possible to have the power and sophistication of a sport performance vehicle without making compromises. It’s the sports car with a social conscience.
It also establishes Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen as an iconic production site while reinforcing the reputation of Baden-Württemberg as the centre for technological excellence as it sustains the strong dominance Germany has in the car manufacturing market. The project also sees an alliance between the workers, trade union and Porsche employers.
Uwe Hück, Chairman of the Central Works Council and Deputy Chairman of the Porsche AG Supervisory Board stated that “Porsche is driving flat out with no speed restrictions into the automotive and industrial future.” Digital technology and energy efficiency are combined in this unique model and leads to a successful alliance between the workers, trade union and the employer.