The German automaker wants to be the best at producing high-performance batteries.
Porsche has made quite a splash in the electric world with its Taycan, a car that has proven to be fast, luxurious, and chock-full of new technologies. As impressive as it is, the German automaker is showing no signs of slowing and has recently announced that it is developing synthetic fuels to keep the internal combustion engine alive. But while that may seem to indicate that Porsche isn't fully committed to electric cars, the truth is that Stuttgart's favorite marque is exploring many new technologies and will continue to develop its EVs too. As part of this, Porsche is planning a new factory in Germany to manufacture battery cells for EVs.
This was announced by CEO Oliver Blume in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, who was quoted as saying that "battery cells are a key technology for Germany's automobile industry which we must also have in our own country. Porsche wants to play a pioneering role in this."
The factory is intended to be built in the Swabian town of Tuebingen and should help the automaker decrease its reliance on imports, but the real goal is to advance the technology. While Porsche will purchase EV batteries from parent company Volkswagen, which intends to build six battery cell plants across Europe, the sportscar manufacturer also wants to make its own batteries that will outperform others.
Blume explains: "There will also be a segment for high-performance battery cells. It's a Porsche domain. Just as we developed high-performance internal combustion engines, we now want to be at the forefront of high-performance batteries."
Along with the bragging rights and prestige that developing the world's best EV batteries would signify, such an endeavor would also help Porsche to get cars down the production line more quickly, as current suppliers are more focused on volume than specialized products. The result is that Porsche's needs are low on the priority list for these suppliers, and Porsche's own factory would resolve this issue. It'll take a lot of work and investment, but we have no doubt that Porsche will excel at this project too - especially since Rimac will be there to help.