Monday, December 21, 2015

Porsche green lights its all-electric Mission E concept

You might have to wait a few years to get behind the wheel of one, but the first all-electric Porsche is happening. The automaker announced that its Mission E, a concept first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, will go into production. Porsche says that it'll invest 700 million euros (around $762 million) at its main site in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to help with the project. Among the renovations are a new paint shop and assembly facility alongside an expansion of the engine shop to build the electric motors and a larger body shop. In total, the company expects Mission E production to create 1,000 new jobs.
The Mission E sports some iconic Porsche styling in a four-seater that touts a range of over 500 km (310 miles). What's more, the vehicle's floor-mounted batteries can reach an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes. 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.

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