We talk to Porsche Australia’s head of product and smart mobility

The Porsche Mission E concept recently made its Southern Hemisphere debut in Sydney. Anthony Crawford was there to talk to Ingo Appel, Head of Product and Smart Mobility at Porsche Australia.


AC: CarAdvice is down here at Barangaroo today with Ingo Appel. He is head of product and smart mobility at Porsche Australia, and we are standing in front of the Mission E concept, because this is Porsche’s future lab pop-up. Tell us what it’s all about.

IA: Yeah, the future lab pop-up. Obviously super happy to have the Mission E concept car here – it’s literally the opportunity for Porsche to showcase its newest technology.

Obviously the Mission E car concept car is definitely one of those electrifications going forward, and we’re really happy to have actually this car here for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere.

You’ve already announced Porsche’s first electric car, the Taycan. Does it look anything like the Mission E concept?

Even if I could answer that question, I literally don’t know! We hope obviously that a lot of those design features we will find again in the production car, the Taycan.

Nevertheless everything, or most of the things, from the technical side of things with the concept car we will find in the Taycan [including] 800V technology, performance figures that were quoted, 600 horsepower.

It’s definitely, definitely a sports car, there’s no doubt about that. Under 3.5 seconds zero to 100, it will be a four door, four individual seats, gives you flexibility, good day-to-day usage. But it will definitely be a sports car.

We don’t know price, but we do know charge time. Tell us about the charging situation.

So charging times, based on the 800V technology, future customers will be able to charge the Taycan to 80 per cent of battery capacity in under 20 minutes. Range is around 500 kilometres, according to NEDC, so that’s quite a bit of way to go in a nice Taycan.

So you think someone coming out of a 911 will be satisfied with their new Porsche?

Obviously 911, you mentioned is a very traditional, great car. There might be current 911 owners that might be interested in the new technology that’s part of the Taycan.

There might be some who prefer their internal combustion sounds, and we will see. We expect we will have some existing customers, quite a few existing customers. It might not be like a changeover, it might be like an additional car in the driveway, and we expect also to find quite a few new customers as part of Taycan.

So as a first indication of an expression of interest is very good, we are very happy with the results, and we obviously track this development going forward to give us a little bit of an idea of what the Australian market – in regards to Taycan – wants, and what we can expect.

When is Australia getting the Taycan?

The Taycan we will see in Australia in 2020. So hopefully towards the beginning of 2020, that’s what we hope for.

This is just the start of Porsche’s entry into the world of EVs – and it will ramp up dramatically, won’t it – in the next decade?

It’s very likely to ramp up, obviously it’s too early to say what might come next, but in 10 years the Porsche world, it’s probably fair to say will look different to today.

I hope the 911 is still around.

I hope so too.

Thank you.