In some ways, Porsche AG is the auto industry’s odd man out, continually doing things its own way even if that means going in some unusual directions. The approach has paid off over the years, giving us gems like the Porsche 911 and Porsche Cayenne. A recent interview on the company’s website indicates they’re changing the beat and tempo again, in the process dropping some hints about future models due to Porsche Nashua and other Porsche dealerships.
The interviewee in question is Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production for Porsche AG. Zuffenhausen is the Stuttgart neighborhood in which the company is headquartered, and where its two-door sports cars are produced. With the new Porsche Mission E, the existing facility’s production of 250 cars per day would not be adequate. The question: to expand the existing facility, or to open a new one?
Zuffenhausen 2020 is, obliquely, the answer to that question. It’s a retrofit of Plant 4 that will initially be responsible for Porsche Mission E production — beginning in 2019 for model year 2020 — but the new Porsche EV is only half the story here. The other half? This is designed to be a zero-impact facility.
It’s one thing to build a zero-emissions plant, or one that’s carbon neutral. The new Zuffenhausen plant goes a step further; its zero-impact design means that the parts in the new Porsche Mission E will be sourced from carbon-neutral suppliers. It’s rare enough in manufacturing, and practically unheard of before now in the auto industry. The German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für nachhaltiges Bauen, or DGNB) has awarded its first platinum certificate for the expansion.
Speaking of expansions, Reimold is expansive about the Porsche Mission E, asserting that it would “become another milestone in our history, like the 911 of 1963. A true Porsche icon.”
A high bar to clear, but if past is prologue, it’s hardly an idle boast. Learn more about the 2018 Porsche lineup at 170 Main Dunstable Road, home of Porsche Nashua.