Porsche To Build ‘Mission E’ Cross Turismo
Porsche has confirmed that it will build the ‘Mission E’ Cross Turismo first revealed as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The four-door Cross Turismo will be Porsche’s second electric vehicle following on from the ‘Mission E’ saloon, officially named Taycan, which will be launched onto the global market next year.
The new Cross Turismo uses the underpinnings of the Taycan, sharing its 800-volt power unit which produces 600hp and boasts a driving range of more than 300 miles on a single charge. Porsche says that the Cross Turismo concept study seen in Geneva was ‘road ready’, however, we expect some detail changes to the production version of the car – most notably to the interior which we expect to appear more conventional.
This second electric Porsche vehicle is unlikely to be its last, reliable sources are claiming that an electric SUV will soon follow, together with a BEV (Battery-Electric-Vehicle) version of the Boxster and/or Cayman, likely a pre-cursor to an all-electric 911 which could appear in the forthcoming 992 generation line-up.
“We predict that over 50 percent of Porsche models delivered from 2025 will be electrified,” said Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Board responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche.
Via the Porsche Mobile Charger Connect, quick and convenient charging of the Taycan and Cross Turimso will be possible at home. A quick four-minute charge provides a driving distance of over 30 miles, while inductive technology will also make charging possible without psychically connecting the vehicle to a power supply. Porsche has already created 1,200 new jobs in Zuffenhausen as a result of adding the Taycan to its range, the Cross Turismo will generate a further 300 jobs making the new electric projects one of biggest creators of jobs in the history of the firm. It promises that production of its electric vehicles, in which it plans to invest six billion euros by 2022, will be carbon-neutral with a zero-impact factory – part of what it calls Porsche Production 4.0. It also states that a transfer of knowledge will occur between its road cars and its new entry into Formula E for the 2019/2020 season.