Legacy automakers are not only talking about their upcoming new electric vehicle models, but they are now starting to talk about planned production volumes to satisfy the expected demand. That’s when things start to get interesting and we see the real intentions of the automakers stepping in the electric vehicle segment.
Now Porsche disclosed that it is planning production for the Mission E, the German automaker’s first electric car, at about 20,000 vehicles per year.
The information was disclosed by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume who told a German newspaper yesterday that the automaker has been planning its supply chain for the vehicle at around 20,000 units:
“We have the Mission E calculated with a number of items in the order for about 20,000 units,”
It’s a significant production plan for the all-electric 4-door sedan. It will be competing in Porsche’s own lineup with the Panamera and last year, the automaker produced 15,055 units of the luxury sedan. It shows some confidence in the new platform.
It’s also an interesting number because that’s what Tesla first thought it would be its volume production for the Model S, the first all-electric sedan. Of course, now Tesla is producing Model S at a rate of over 50,000 units per year since it didn’t anticipate the demand to be this strong for the vehicle.
Hopefully, the Mission E can find as much success and ends up pushing Porsche to accelerate its production plans.
The Mission E is expected to go into production at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant in 2019. The company says it is aiming for the Mission E to have “over 310 miles of range” (500 km) on a single charge, but being based in Germany, Porsche is likely talking about the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is much more forgiving than the EPA rating and doesn’t really reflect real-world range. It’s should still have a more than decent range around 250 miles.
Porsche is also aiming for a 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds. The automaker also claims that the Mission E will be equipped with a 800-volt charging system able to charge up to 80% in about 15 minutes.