Porsche Managing Director Alexander Pollich stated that the reception to the upcoming vehicle Taycan has been encouraging. It is expected that the company will start producing the Taycan in 2019 according to the healthy demand of the company’s first all-electric car. But it turns out that the ramping production of Taycan is not an easy task.
Finding the right location is a difficult decision. – Porsche head of production Albrecht Reimold
Porsche plans to build its Taycan line at a facility located at Zuffenhausen, a suburb in Stuttgart, Germany, considering it a historic location where the Porsche 911 is produced. It aims to produce around 20,000 Taycan per year that will require a complex reorganization of Porsche’s facility, especially considering that the Taycan’s line has to be built while the production of the 911, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman is running at full capacity.
Reimold described the difficulties; it is really a challenging task in transforming an existing factory while the production works are running at full capacity. It is even going to cost more if the factory is relocated elsewhere whereas finding the right location will also be a challenging task.
Project manager David Thor Trygvason elaborated the challenge faced by the company. He said that the location where the Taycan’s line would be set up has to be overhauled and the estimated timeline for the project is 48 months, hence making the project pricey and demanding.
Building cars is not a simple task. Building cars that people want to buy are even more challenging. With car buyers and the auto market steadily shifting its interest to electric vehicles, carmakers with upcoming battery-powered cars are now feeling the pressure to roll out their offerings as quickly as they can. And so despite all these complexities, Porsche employees have expressed a sincere commitment to begin the production at the earliest.
Hence with a line of reservations that are growing longer, and with a workforce determined to make sacrifices for the company, there is a good chance that the Porsche Taycan can still make it in time for its anticipated debut next year.