In 2023 Porsche will start production of the electric successors of the 718, and will do so at its main plant in Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart. To ensure that future battery-powered models can be built alongside their respective base models, the German carmaker has decided to invest up to 500 million euros in its factory in the mother country: an important sum, which follows the 700 million euros already allocated to the same plant in the two-year period 2018-2019 which sanctioned the entry into the assembly lines of the electric Taycan. The new investment is not expected to generate new jobs.
The electric future of the 718 is proving itself more troubled than expected: Series production of the battery-powered successors of the German sports car has been delayed for a year due to the technological complexity of the project and the long time reserved for coordination with the other brands of the Volkswagen Group. Some Porsche executives reported this to Autonews microphones, who also said they were frustrated by the lack of speed in making decisions within the group. Either way, all fully electric variants of the 718 will be technologically based on the Mission R concept carwhich Porsche showed in the frame of the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich: they will boast an autonomy of about 400 kilometers, and will sit on the PPE platform developed by the Stuttgart car manufacturer in collaboration with Audi (it is the same architecture that will be at the base of the electric Macan).
As for the batteries, Porsche has announced that the units that will power the 718’s electric successors will be built by Finnish supplier Valmet, who will produce them at a new plant in Kirchardt, Germany, resulting in around 160 new jobs. A Announcements for the German house, which in the case of the Taycan and the electric variant of the Macan SUV has decided to rely on the batteries developed by Dräxlmaier.
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