Porsche is hiring 1,400 employees for electric vehicle development

02.08.2016
The concept study of Mission E, the all-electric sports car, which Porsche is launching at the end of the decade. (Photo: Porsche AG)
The concept study of Mission E, the all-electric sports car, which Porsche is launching at the end of the decade. (Photo: Porsche AG)

The automotive manufacturer Porsche plans to hire more than 1,400 new employees in the Stuttgart region. The reason is its new Mission E. The concept for the all-electric sports car was presented at the IAA 2015 and it will now go into development.

The Mission E will be equipped with two permanently excited synchronous motors and have 600 HP (440 kW) and a range of more than 500 km. In addition, the sports car can be charged very quickly. Using Porsche Turbo Charging, which doubles the voltage to 800 volts, the battery can be charged to 80% capacity within 15 minutes, according to Porsche. Future owners will also be able to use the existing conventional 400-volt charging station to recharge the car. Development work will probably take a while. The Mission E is scheduled to be launched at the "end of the decade".

At the end of June 2016, Porsche had 26,200 employees. The company is consolidating in 2016, but it nevertheless has plans for continuous personnel growth. The Mission E is one of the driving forces behind this, but the digital transformation is also an important factor that requires additional knowledge and in some cases new employees.

The company is looking for experts in the areas of digitisation, electric mobility, Smart Mobility, and Connected Car for the project. Porsche has invested approximately € 700 million in Zuffenhausen, where 1,200 of the new jobs will be created. The digital transformation and the development of the Mission E have prompted the company to increase the total number of apprenticeships from 150 to 220 and the number of technical and craftsman apprenticeships is increasing from 104 to 154 in 2016. Central works council chairman Uwe Hueck stressed that the company is looking for more in its new employees than just a university degree. "We need people who know their trades in the physical as well as digital world."

Tanja Peschel / Porsche

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