The Porsche Mission E is inching closer to production but the model is still a year away as the company’s production boss, Albrecht Reimold, has revealed the first vehicle won’t roll off the assembly line until 2019.
In an interview with Automobil Produktion, Reimold said the company will soon begin installing equipment for the Mission E at its Zuffenhausen plant but production isn’t slated to begin until next year. The plant has been designed to have a capacity of around 20,000 Mission Es annually but Reimold said there’s a “little leeway to increase that.”
Porsche has been testing prototypes for months and Reimold confirmed members of the production team are actively involved in the “pilot production phase so that experience can be gained at an early stage.” He went on to say everything has been “going pretty well” but they’ll likely find ways to optimize things closer to launch.
While Porsche is focused on getting the car into production, Reimold said the company is already considering a handful of derivatives. The production boss also hinted the Mission E could have a relatively short lifecycle as he noted they normally last between five and seven years but “we are seeing a trend towards shorter cycles these days.”
A lot of questions remain about the Mission E but reports have suggested the model will have two electric motors and three different outputs. The entry-level model is expected to have around 402 hp (300 kW) while range-topping variant could boast 670 hp (500 kW). There could also be a mid-level model with around 536 hp (400 kW).
Porsche is believed to be targeting a range of 300 miles (482 km) and the car is slated to have an advanced charging system that could deliver an 80% charge in 20 minutes or less. This would be a notable accomplishment as same feat takes the Jaguar I-Pace around 45 minutes.
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