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Porsche takes aim at Tesla with Mission E
Added by admin 08/12/15
7 December 2015
By DANIEL GARDNER
PORSCHE has confirmed it will put the Frankfurt motor
show-stopping Mission E concept into production, following a
€700m ($A1b) investment to expand its main facility in Stuttgart.
The significant pledge of cash will be used to build a new paint
shop and assembly plant as well as the engine factory, which will
be expanded to include the electric motors critical to the
production of its first pure electric-drive vehicle.
Porsche has not finalised a name for the model but says it will
be launched “at the end of the decade” and will be the “beginning
a new chapter in the history of the sportscar”.
The confirmation of a sizeable investment in Porsche will come as
a relief for many at the company, following an announcement from
its Volkswagen Group parent, that some major projects would be
shelved to release capital it needs to resolve the unfolding
diesel emissions scandal.
Performance, range and packaging appear to be a direct shot
across the bow of luxury car-maker Tesla, with the Mission E
promising zero to 100km/h acceleration of less than 3.5 seconds,
440kW of instantaneous power, four doors and four seats.
The German car-maker says the sports sedan will go 500km before
needing a recharge – about 100km further than the Tesla Model S –
while an 800-volt fast charger can pump an 80 per cent charge
into the lithium-ion battery in just 15 minutes.
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