Porsche in recruitment drive to boost development of first electric car

Porsche in recruitment drive to boost development of first electric car
Porsche has launched a recruitment drive to take on hundreds of new staff to help get its Mission E electric car on the road by 2019.

Announcing plans to hire 1,400 new employees, the luxury automaker said it was locked in a “war for talents” as it sought to bring out the new battery-powered model.

The firm, which is owned by Volkswagen, has previously revealed it is pumping around €1 billion, or £836 million, into development of the Mission E.

Porsche’s first all-electric sports car, the Mission E is likely to rival vehicles such as the Model S from US manufacturer Tesla in terms of market share.

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But Porsche human resources manager Andreas Haffner said that the Mission E project was suffering from a shortage of skilled workers.

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“One can in fact describe what is going on now as a ‘war for talents’,” he said.

“We are in direct competition with other automakers and suppliers and IT firms in our global search for talented experts. Money alone is not enough to attract these creative minds.”

Porsche, which has more than 24,000 employees, has said the new members of staff would be based at its factory in Zuffenhausen, in Germany.

It first unveiled designs for the Mission E electric vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September last year, dubbing the car “the Porsche of tomorrow”.

The plans focused on creating a battery-powered vehicle that could also fulfil drivers’ expectations of a sports car, with an emphasis on performance, range and driving dynamics.

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In the early design stage, it was said the car would have a total of 600 horsepower, together with a range of more than 300 miles from an 800-volt battery system.

However, Porsche is not the only manufacturer trying to muscle in on Tesla's market share as earlier this year, VW unveiled proposals to produce a raft of new electric vehicles over the coming years.

It was said that more than 30 models could roll off production lines by 2025.

The announcements followed the emissions scandal uncovered in 2015, when VW was found to be using so-called defeat-device software to improve the results of emissions tests.

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