Electric-powered Porsche will arrive towards end of decade

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 8, 2015

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.

Press Release

GREEN LIGHT FOR MISSION E

The first 100% electrically powered Porsche is on its way. The supervisory board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG today gave the green light for the Mission E project. In the words of Dr. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board, Porsche is thus "beginning a new chapter in the history of the sports car." The vehicle is due to be launched at the end of the decade.

With the Mission E project, Porsche is continuing to back sustainable growth. In Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen alone more than 1,000 new jobs are being created. The company will be investing around 700 million euros in its main site there. Over the next few years, a new paint shop and a new assembly plant will be built. The existing engine factory is also being expanded for the production of electric motors. In addition, the existing body shop is being enlarged. On top of that come other areas in which the company will be investing in this context, such as in the Weissach development centre.

The Mission E concept car celebrated its premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September. Visitors were gripped above all by its highly emotional design. Living up to the buzzword of 'E-Performance', the technological trailblazer combines outstanding driving performance with trendsetting day-to-day practicality. The four-door car with four individual seats has a system power output of over 600 hp (440 kW). The vehicle will thus achieve both acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and a range of more than 500 kilometres. Charged via an 800-volt charger unit specially developed for the car, which is twice as powerful as today's quick-charge systems, the lithium-ion batteries integrated within the vehicle floor have enough power again for 80 percent of the range after just 15 minutes. The vehicle can optionally be 'refuelled' wirelessly by induction via a coil set into the garage floor.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG: "With Mission E, we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand. Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car."

Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board, Dr. Oliver Blume: "We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility. Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment." Blume added that the E Mission project underlines the importance of Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen as a production site, of Baden-Württemberg as a centre of technology and of the whole German automotive industry.

Uwe Hück, Chairman of the Central Works Council and Deputy Chairman of the Porsche AG Supervisory Board: "A day to celebrate! Yes, we did it! We brought Mission E to Zuffenhausen and Weissach where the future has tradition. The workers' side made the employer's side an offer that they couldn't refuse. This heralds the dawn of a new age in Zuffenhausen and Weissach. Digitalisation will be growing up with us. And Factory 4.0 will be a major challenge for the workforce, trade union and employer. We will be taking new approaches but not giving up on the social aspects. With today's decision, Porsche is driving flat out with no speed restrictions into the automotive and industrial future."

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