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Porsche Plans 1,400 New Jobs for Tesla-Fighting Sports Car

  • Division to produce least 15,000 electric cars a year
  • Labor leaders want Bosch to supply battery for ‘J1’ project
Based on the low-slung Mission E concept shown at last September’s Frankfurt auto show, the electric car will be produced at a new facility near the storied factory that manufactures the Porsche 911 sports car.

Based on the low-slung Mission E concept shown at last September’s Frankfurt auto show, the electric car will be produced at a new facility near the storied factory that manufactures the Porsche 911 sports car.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Porsche will add more than 1,400 new jobs as it ramps up development of its first all-electric sports car to challenge Tesla Motors Inc. and plans an initial annual production volume of more than 15,000 vehicles per year.

Some 900 positions will be created in production, 300 in development and 200 in administration for the project dubbed “J1,” personnel chief Andreas Haffner said Tuesday at a press briefing in the brand’s hometown of Stuttgart, Germany. Porsche, a luxury division of Volkswagen AG, is also seeking about 100 information-technology specialists, 50 digital experts and more apprentices, part of an industrywide hiring push as carmakers try to compete with the likes of Google and Apple Inc. in connected-car technology.