Porsche will be increasing its hiring with 400 more newly created jobs than previously reported as it prepares to build its Mission E and compete with Tesla and Silicon Valley.
In all, the German automaker has raised the number of new jobs it will create to more 1,400 from more than 1,000 already announced. More than 1,200 of the new positions will be created at the brand’s base in Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart, Germany.
Porsche is building a new paint shop and assembly line in Zuffenhausen for the battery-powered Mission E, which is due to go into production in 2020 as a rival to the Tesla Model S. Porsche revealed the 600-horsepower Mission E concept at the Frankfurt auto show in September.
Porsche is also seeking about 100 information technology specialists, 50 digital experts and more apprentices. It’s part of an industrywide hiring push as carmakers try to compete with Silicon Valley giants Google and Apple in connected-car technology.
Porsche says that the four-door Mission E will accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in under 3.5 seconds, beating the 911’s 4.2 seconds to reach that speed. The Mission E will be designed to drive more than 500 km (310 miles) before needing a recharge, the company says.
The Mission E is considered to be a cornerstone of parent company Volkswagen Group’s broader push to move beyond its emissions-cheating crisis by offering more plug-in electrified vehicles. Porsche is spending about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) to introduce the production Mission E.