Last year Porsche unveiled its vision for the future, an all-electric zero-emissions car called the Mission E. Now the company is gearing up to make good on that promise with a huge hiring spree focused on making the concept car a reality.
Reuters reports that Porsche is set to hire at least 1,400 new employees to bulk up its electric car division. That includes 900 production jobs, 300 salaried workers and 200 engineers. Additionally, the company plans to hire another 350 “digital experts” to work on new concepts for the company.
The Mission E likely won’t launch until at least 2019, but we already know a few key details. The car is set to offer 600 horsepower and it should be be able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds. It has a projected top speed of over 155 mph.
The electric vehicle represents a big change for the company, which traditionally sells powerful sports cars with combustion engines. Now the Volkswagen-owned firm says it can no longer ignore the growing EV trend. “You either take part in the digital change or you lose,” Uwe Hueck, Porsche’s council chairman, told the press this week.
It will still be a few years before Porsche is ready to launch the Mission E. By then the EV market could be pretty crowded, though the company’s famous brand should help it compete with traditional carmakers along with tech giants like Tesla and Apple.