Just in time for the IAA, Porsche plans to start production of the first Taycan customer vehicles on September 9. Porsche now also confirms that it has increased its stake in Rimac Automobili from ten to 15.5 per cent.
In the “largest construction project since the Zuffenhausen plant was established”, Porsche has integrated production for the Taycan into the main plant. Much has been written about the new production facility with driverless transport platforms; after more than a year of pre-series production, the first cars are now to be built and sold.
According to production director Albrecht Reimold, the construction was completed without “serious incidents”. The construction project comprised several large individual projects: the body shop, the paint shop, a plant for the production of electric motors and components, vehicle assembly and the 900-metre-long connecting conveyor system.
Since there will be more electric models from Porsche in the future, Production Director Reimold sees the Taycan premiere as a kind of fitness program for the company and its employees. “With electric mobility, processes and activities are changing, and new technologies are also shaping our daily work,” says Reimold. The Taycan not only makes Porsche fit for the future, but also the workforce, which is acquiring new qualifications with the new tasks.
Some of the technology for future electric Porsche models is likely to come from Croatia: Porsche has also just confirmed that it has in fact increased its stake in the Croatian technology and sports car company Rimac Automobili, which specializes in electric vehicles, to 15.5 per cent. Porsche took over ten per cent of Rimac in June last year.
“Porsche has been supporting Rimac in its positive development for a year now,” says Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management and Chief Financial Officer of Porsche AG. “It quickly became clear to us that Porsche and Rimac could learn a lot from each other. We are convinced of Mate Rimac and his company, which is why we have now increased our stake and are expanding our cooperation in the field of battery technology”.
The Croatian company develops and produces components for electric mobility and manufactures its own electrically powered super sports cars, such as the C Two. Last year, Porsche initiated a development partnership with Rimac against the backdrop of its electric offensive. Rimac focuses on battery technology in the high-voltage range, the electric drive and the development of digital interfaces between man and machine (HMI).