Porsche to Hire 1,400 Assembly Line Workers to Get Mission E Electric Sedan to Market

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Porsche is on a mission. Mission E, to be exact.

It wants to bring its Mission E Tesla Model S fighter to market by 2019 so it’s hiring 1,400 assembly line and paint shop employees – 40 percent more than originally expected – to construct and color the all-electric, four-seater at its Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory.

The Mission E will roll out of the facility with a pair of electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the back wheels. According to Digital Trends, “The 800-volt motor combination is expected to accelerate to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Porsche says the system will be capable of getting an 80 percent charge in just 15 minutes. That’s assuming there are 800-volt charging stations available, which isn’t a given.”

Porsche’s parent company, the Volkswagen Group, is on a mission, too. It plans to produce 2 million to 3 million all-electric vehicles by 2025.

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via [Digital Trends], [Fortune], and [Porsche]

Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

Derek can be contacted at [email protected]

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