Porsche: new electric Taycan to be built in Stuttgart
Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant in Stuttgart has been chosen to build the company’s new fully electric model. This ‘crazy bet’ involves the construction of a new assembly line in an already packed plant. All employees invest themselves and their salary into this new project.
From Mission E to Taycan
Presented at the Frankfurt IAA in 2015, the Porsche Mission E was then the brand’s vision toward fully electric mobility. Three years later this concept is gaining in reality with a new name and a dedicated assembly line. Renamed Taycan – or ‘lively young horse’ – this 600 hp dual motor electric car is set to be presented next year. This new electric Porsche will share a platform with Audi’s e-tron model, to be built in the Belgian Forest/Vorst plant.
The Zuffenhausen plant, located near the birthplace and headquarters of Porsche in Stuttgart, currently assembles all two-door models (718 and 911). Located near the city, this assembly plant is already an exception. Assembly lines, bodywork and paint are all located in different three-storey buildings.
The new Taycan assembly line will have to fit into the already packed plant, but the company doesn’t frown at the extend of work or investments. The client delivery zone, the old museum and offices, have been relocated and the buildings have been demolished to give the new line a clean slate to start from. In total, 50 millions have been invested just to create a wasteland ready for construction.
A new 700 m conveyer belt has also been erected to transport cars to the final assembly line. The total construction time is fixed at 48 months. “We have longer deadlines even when we start from virgin ground”, explains David Tryggvason, planning manager.
To make a case for the smaller, less convenient Zuffenhausen plant was not an easy task. But in the end, it was chosen above the Leipzig plant thanks to its originality. Employees also gave something from their own pockets. All 13.000 Zuffenhausen employees have agreed that their next raise should be invested into the plant’s construction. This represents about 0,5% of each employee’s salary and secured millions into Porsche’s bank account to help it produce its fully electric car.