BERLIN (Web Desk) – Porsche is going to build an all-electric car aimed at challenging Tesla’s dominance of the battery-powered sportscar market.
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The German carmaker said it would create more than 1,000 jobs via a €700m (£500m) investment in new facilities and assembly line, the BBC reported.
Porsche’s Mission E, revealed as a concept car earlier this year, is due to go on sale by the end of the decade.
The four-door car’s range will be 310 miles, and hit 62mph in 3.5 seconds.
This pitches the Mission E – a name unlikely to stay once the launch date nears – against Tesla’s powerful Model S.
Porsche is owned by Volkswagen Group, currently embroiled in ‘dieselgate’, which has said it would invest in a range of all-electric and hybrid vehicles across its brands over the next few years.
The car would be charged via an 800-volt unit specially developed for the vehicle, which is twice as powerful as today’s quick-charge system.
The lithium-ion batteries integrated within the vehicle floor will have enough power for 80% of its mileage range range after 15 minutes charging, Porsche said in a statement. The vehicle can optionally be ‘refuelled’ wirelessly by induction via a coil set into a garage floor.
The four-seat car features energy storage technology derived from the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid race car.
The €700 Mission E investment was part of a €1bn spending plan on new facilities announced by Porsche on Friday.