Porsche to recruit 1,400 electric vehicle specialists
Porsche is adding more than 1,400 new employees in the Stuttgart region, as it prepares to launch its first electric sports car before the end of the decade.
Production of the new model, including the drivetrain, will take place at the Zuffenhausen plant, and the carmaker is planning a widespread training and apprenticeship programme, particularly in the areas of high-voltage technology and digital-electronic systems, which will start this year.
Previewed as the Mission E concept car (pictured), the first electric Porsche is likely to offer more than 600bhp, a range in excess of 300 miles and charging to 80% capacity in around 15 minutes, rivalling Tesla’s high-performance models. It’s unclear whether it will be a derivative of another Porsche, or a car in its own right.
The new employees will join a workforce totalling 26,200 people as of the end of June – twice the size it was in 2010.