As part of a huge push towards electrification of the brand by 2022, Porsche has decided to put the Mission E Cross Turismo concept car from the Geneva motor show into production, complete with 600 horsepower and 50okm of range…
Porsche is taking electrification quite seriously committing around seven billion dollars towards EVs through 2022 – it’s not only about cold, hard cash, since the company is also responsible for other brands in the VW Group’s portfolio such as Audi and Bentley. Zuffenhausen is tasked with developing the modular platform that will form the basis of all the premium EVs overseen by Wolfsburg, including the upcoming Audi GT we got a glimpse of at the e-tron launch in San Francisco last month.
Now that the 2019 Porsche Taycan is nearing its market launch from about $75,000 (AED275,000) as the first all-electric Porsche ever, the company is already thinking about the next step – namely, Porsche bosses have just given the green light to a concept car we first saw earlier this year at the Geneva motor show know as the Mission E Cross Turismo.
Related closely to the Taycan, the model hasn’t yet received an official designation, but its 800-volt architecture is ready for fast-charging networks and according to the manufacturer, will roll out of the factory with 600 horsepower and 500km of zero-emissions driving range. Additionally you’ll be able to juice up in 15 minutes for 80 percent of the battery capacity, good for 400km of driving range.
To build the all-electric Cross Turismo, Porsche will need to employ an additional 300 people – it’s interesting to note that 20 years ago Porsche employed about 7,000 people, but with the massive expansion into saloons and SUVs first, and now electrification second, the company today employs nearly five times that many staff.
Electric Porsches aren’t entirely a new fad – aged just 25, Ferdinand Porsche designed an all-electric ‘horseless’ back in 1900 for a Viennese company called Lohner-Werke. The Lohner-Porsche ran with a hub-mounted electric motor in each wheel, weighed a tonne-and-a-half, and put down about 14 horsepower.
You can expect the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo to hit the market in 2021, but the name is still an unknown factor – might we suggest the Porsche Horseless?