Sunday, 6 December 2015

Porsche's Mission E gets the go-ahead

The supervisory board of Porsche AG has given the green light for the Mission E electric car project.

Dr. Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board, Porsche described this as the "beginning of a new chapter in the history of the sports car."

Mission E is hailed as the first 100 per cent electrically-powered Porsche. It will be launched at the end of the decade.

With the Mission E project, Porsche claims it is continuing to back sustainable growth.

In the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen facility alone over 1,000 new jobs are being created.

The company will invest around €700 million 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 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 received its premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September when Porsche claimed that living up to the buzzword of 'E-Performance', its new "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 bhp (440 kW). The vehicle will be able to achieve both acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds, and be the first completely electrically-powered Porsche to offer a range of over 500 km.

Charged through 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 per cent of the range within 15 minutes.

The vehicle can optionally be 'refuelled' wirelessly by induction thrugh a coil set into the garage floor.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the supervisory board of Porsche AG, notes: "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."

Blume claims: "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, and of Baden-Württemberg as a centre of technology and of the whole German automotive industry.

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