Peter Russo MP (left); Paul Kulpa, General Manager MTAI (centre); and Steve Ghost Acting CEO MTAQ (right), with the Auto Initiation students

First Auto Initiation students ready to work

The first 100 per cent electrically powered Porsche is on its way. Porsche’s supervisory board has given the green light for the Mission E project. The vehicle is due to be launched at the end of the decade.

The Mission E concept car celebrated its premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September,

The four-door car with four individual seats has a system power output of over 600 hp (440 kW), can achieve acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and has a range of more than 500 kilometres. Charged via an 800-volt charger unit specially developed for the car, Porsche says the lithium-ion batteries integrated within the vehicle floor have enough power again for 80 per cent of the range after just 15 minutes. The vehicle can optionally be ‘refuelled’ wirelessly by induction via a coil set into the garage floor.

Porsche says it will be investing around 700 million euros in its main site in Stuttgart. Over the next few years, a new paint shop and a new assembly plant will be built. The existing engine factory will also be expanded for the production of electric motors. In addition, the existing body shop will be enlarged.

“We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility,” said Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board, Dr. Oliver Blume. “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.”