Porsche’s elec­tric 10-year plan

Porsche is tool­ing up for 85 per cent of its sales to be all-elec­tric cars by 2028 – in­clud­ing the sports car icon.

CAR (UK) - - CONTENTS - By Ge­org Kacher

WITH THE ALL ELEC­TRIC Tay­can less than a year away from its planned Frank­furt show un­veil­ing, we can ex­clu­sively re­veal Porsche’s 10-year elec­tri­fi­ca­tion plan, which cli­maxes in the launch of an elec­tric 911.

There will be a tran­si­tion pe­riod as more hy­brids and al­l­elec­tric mod­els join the line-up along­side petrol ver­sions – but Porsche ex­pects the tip­ping point to come just five years from now, when half of its sales could be hy­brid or all-elec­tric.

Be­fore then, the first step change comes in late 2019, when the pro­duc­tion Tay­can – based closely on the Mis­sion E pro­to­type that starred on our De­cem­ber 2017 cover – goes on sale. At the same time, Porsche joins the For­mula E elec­tric race se­ries at the start of its 2019-2020 sea­son.

The Tay­can will be built on new assem­bly fa­cil­i­ties at the main Zuf­fen­hausen fac­tory. Porsche an­nounced that it would be re­cruit­ing 1200 ex­tra staff be­cause of the de­ci­sion to go ahead with the Tay­can, but they won’t be work­ing only on the new BEV. The plan is to mix new re­cruits and ex­pe­ri­enced staff, so ev­ery­body can get trained to build elec­tric mod­els but also gain ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing on both elec­tric and petrol mod­els. Pro­duc­tion of the Cross Turismo will cre­ate an­other 300 jobs.

It’s all part of an in­vest­ment of €6bn by 2022, which in­cludes Porsche’s in­volve­ment in a fast charger net­work. Whereas VW and Audi will be us­ing the lat­est cleaned-up post-Diesel­gate diesels as part of their model mix, Porsche has dropped diesel. CEO Oliver Blume is en­thu­si­as­tic about elec­tric power, and group boss Her­bert Diess has given Porsche carte blanche to go all-elec­tric within a decade if that’s the way cur­rent trends – in both tech­nol­ogy and con­sumer de­mand – con­tinue to play out.

In late 2020 we’ll get the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Cross Turismo (pic­tured), the cross­over spin-off of the Mis­sion E con­cept. And then the flood­gates open, first with bat­tery-only ver­sions of the next-gen Boxster and Cay­man in 2022, fol­lowed by the elec­tric Ma­can, Cayenne and Panam­era. All these BEVs will be of­fered along­side hy­brid and petrol-en­gined re­place­ments for the cur­rent mod­els.

The plan is for the Tay­can/Cross Turismo’s ar­chi­tec­ture, co­de­named J1, to be re­placed by J2 un­der­pin­nings de­signed to work with solid-state bat­ter­ies rather than the cur­rent lithium-

ion bat­ter­ies. Solid state bat­ter­ies are bet­ter in ev­ery way – power, range, size – but are cur­rently very ex­pen­sive; de­vel­op­ment is pro­ceed­ing apace.

J1 is not the only elec­tric-car plat­form avail­able to Porsche. It’s been co-de­vel­op­ing PPE (Pre­mium Plat­form Elec­tric) with Audi, but that’s for fu­ture prod­ucts, not the e-Tron and Tay­can.

If Porsche is so con­fi­dent that it can make BEVs that en­thu­si­asts will en­joy driv­ing, why wait un­til 2028 to make an elec­tric 911? Be­cause the hy­brid ver­sion ex­pected to join the new 992-gen­er­a­tion 911 line-up will be a con­vinc­ing so­lu­tion for many mar­kets; be­cause bat­tery weight has to come down in sync with more ef­fi­cient cell chem­istry; and be­cause even a planet-sav­ing 911 must be an ul­tra-fast hard­core piece of kit. Porsche is con­vinced it will be able to de­liver on all counts by 2028.

Porsche’s elec­tric fac­tory within a fac­tory will look like this in a mat­ter of months

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