2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turimso. Photo: Supplied
Alex Rae | Mar, 08 2018 | 0 Comments

Porsche is preparing Australia for its fully-electric Mission E.

Three years since the German marque previewed its fossil-free car concept at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, Porsche is close to the official launch of its first car that won’t be powered by an internal combustion engine.

The Mission E, which was teased late last year and revealed in Cross Turismo format at this week’s Geneva motor show, has been confirmed to launch next year in Europe and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says the car is coming to Australia in 2020, with plans underway to install its unique 800-volt charging network in Australian cities.

The 800-volt electric system is Stuttgart’s point-of-difference to rivals and allows for recharging times not yet seen in a production vehicle – 400km range in 15 minutes or a quick 100km in four.

Unlike other manufacturers in Australia, such as BMW which has bemoaned the Australian government for not incentivising infrastructure and EV technology, Blume says it is the role of the manufacturer to forge the pathway using its own back pocket.

“With our organisation we are looking to other countries now, for example Australia, and what we can do there,” said Blume.

“I think it is important to keep moving forward with the technology and I think that has to be done by the car manufacturers and later on all the partners coming from the energy side and so on will follow.

“I would compare it with the situation in Europe and I think Australia, that was the same in the ‘50s or ‘60s when the number of cars increased and there were only a few [petrol] filling stations and step by step the number increased. And now we have the same situation with charging stations.”

However, Blume dismisses the idea that its electric vehicle will be much of a hit outside of major Australian cities where longer travel distances will be hard to complete in an electric vehicle with a range of around 400km but doesn’t dismiss a Melbourne to Sydney network.

“We also need something for example when you want to go from Sydney to Melbourne,” he said.

It will be at least five to seven years before the company considers rural areas but confirms it is looking at where to install the new 800-volt points around most major cities, and that its first-ever electric car the Mission E will arrive here in two years.

“Yes, we have to do something before 5-7 years, which is more for the long distance travelling, but I think we will come very soon with the Mission E in 2020 to Australia and therefore we need charging infrastructure. Not only for the homes of our Porsche fans but also public ones and therefore we need Porsche to do that.”

Blume says locations haven’t been confirmed but it’s likely Porsche dealerships will prop up the chargers first and it’s possible sister brand Audi will adopt the same high voltage unit allowing for a more comprehensive network.

 “I think in the big cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Perth or Brisbane, it might be a very good or huge fan base for electro mobility. Now we are getting in contact with our Australian organisation to talk with the authorities and so to think about how to manage it.

“For now, Porsche is the only [one of the Volkswagen Group] that is using the 800-volt charging network and in the future we will think about collaboration between Porsche and Audi.”

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