Porsche may be known for its petrol-burning sports cars, but the company's CEO has suggested electric vehicle technology could soon feature in as much as 50 per cent of its cars.
Speaking with German business title Manager Magazin, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said the company is planning for an annual production capacity of 60,000 electric vehicles from its Zuffenhausen plant, once it releases the market-ready version of the Mission E concept in 2019, and an upcoming EV SUV coupe which should hit the market one or two years after.
This is three times more than previously forecast by the German marque's boss, who last year projected 20,000 units annually from the Mission E alone.
Above: Porsche Macan
Additionally, the current Macan accounted for 95,000 of Porsche's 230,000 overall sales last year. Blume confirmed with the German publication that the next-generation version, which is about four or five years away, will be electric only. Together, the Macan EV, the upcoming SUV Coupe EV and the Mission E could achieve an annual figure of around 115,000 if sales continued at the current rate.
Should the company reach a 50 per cent split within that time frame, that will put it ahead of just about any other established automaker. For example, parent company Volkswagen is only forecasting around a quarter of its own vehicle sales to be accounted for by battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by the year 2025.
The real test will be the Mission E, which in concept form has a power output of 440kW, and claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of "under 3.5 seconds". Projected driving range is rated at "more than 500 kilometres" on a single charge, while a new 800-Volt charging system should be capable of replenishing 80 per cent of the vehicle's battery capacity in just 15 minutes.
Above, Top: Porsche Mission E concept
Porsche has invested "around a billion euros" ($1.47 billion) into its facilities to accommodate its first all-electric model, which is scheduled to hit the market in 2019.
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