The Porsche Taycan’s new production facility took four years to build.
Four years after the Mission E Concept was unveiled, Porsche finally lifted the wraps off the long-awaited Taycan, and it didn't disappoint. The Mission E Concept's stunning looks have carried over to the production model, while the range-topping, 750-hp Turbo S offers performance that will make Tesla take notice.
Customer deliveries of Porsche's first-ever fully electric car are slated to start in December, and now Porsche has confirmed production will start at a new plant in its Zuffenhausen factory that Porsche describes as the "factory of the future" on September 9.
The new eco-friendly plant took four years to complete in preparation of the Taycan's production and includes a body shop, paint shop, a plant for producing electric motors and components, a vehicle assembly hall, and the connecting transport technology. In total, 35,000 tonnes of steel were used for the new production facility – that's as much as for 140,000 Coupe bodies of the 991-generation 911. The total area of the buildings amounts to 557,742 square feet.
"We've built a factory inside a factory – in the middle of the city and close to our neighbors, in the most confined of spaces, in the shortest possible time and without disrupting the existing sports car production facility running at full capacity. Now the factory has been completed on schedule and without any major setbacks," said Albrecht Reimold.
"This was possible due to meticulous planning and an excellent team." A total of 130 companies and suppliers were part of that team. One of the logistical masterpieces was coordinating the construction site traffic without impairing the significant regular flow at the plant. "Close dialogue with our neighbors was also crucial," says Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche. "We kept them fully up-to-date on developments throughout the entire course of the project."
Production of the Taycan was originally capped at 20,000 units per year, but this could increase to 40,000 due to high demand. Back in July, it was reported that Porsche had secured 30,000 deposits before the car had even be revealed. Pricing for the Taycan Turbo starts at $153,310, while the Taycan Turbo S will set you back $187,610.