In September, Porsche introduced the Mission E, a fully electric and fully loaded concept. Now Porsche has announced it’s investing more than a billion dollars to bring Mission E to production.
Not too many specifications have been detailed yet, but the motor will produce more than 600 horsepower. The four-seater Mission E will go from 0-62 mph in under 3.5 seconds and it will be able to go 310 miles on a charge. The vehicle’s floor mounted batteries can reach an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes. The batteries are mounted as low as possible within the composite construction for a ground-hugging center of gravity. Porsche says that’s twice as fast as current systems permit, driven by a 800 volt charger designed specifically for the car’s 90 kWh battery pack. The Mission E can also be recharged ‘wirelessly’ with an induction coil installed in the owner’s garage floor. “With Mission E we are making a clear statement about the future of the brand,” says Porsche board chairman Dr. Wolfgang Porsche. “Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front row position with this fascinating sports car.”
“We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility,” says Dr. Oliver Blume, chairman of Porsche’s executive board. “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.”
The investment will be made at the Porsche’s main site in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to help with he project. Among the renovations there will be a new paint shop and assembly facility as well as an expansion of the engine shop to build the electric motors and a larger body shop. The production of the Mission E is expected to create about 1,000 new jobs.