LEIPZIG (dpa-AFX) - Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche celebrated the official launch of electromobility at its production site in Leipzig, Saxony, on Tuesday. "At Porsche, we are convinced that electromobility is the future. It is a joint task for business, politics and society to drive forward the transformation of mobility together," said Porsche CEO Oliver Blume at the ceremony in Leipzig. The event was attended by Federal Minister of Transport Volker Wissing (FDP), Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer (CDU) and the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), among others.

According to the sports car manufacturer, it has invested around 600 million euros in the expansion of the plant in recent years in order to be able to produce the electric Macan. After the Taycan, the new Macan is the second all-electric Porsche model on the market. Production is currently in the ramp-up phase. According to the car manufacturer, the plant is designed for maximum flexibility in the future: "Petrol, hybrid and fully electric vehicles will run on one production line." Porsche aims to deliver more than 80 percent of new vehicles with purely electric drive systems by 2030.

"Politics and business are jointly faced with the task of making electromobility even more attractive for people," said Transport Minister Wissing. To achieve this, the automotive industry and politicians must pull together - for example, when it comes to expanding the charging infrastructure. "Charging must be as easy as refueling. This is the only way to increase the willingness to switch to climate-friendly e-cars," continued Wissing. With an additional 9,000 fast-charging points, the federal government wants to drive forward the charging infrastructure and thus secure the basic supply in the regions and on freeways./djj/DP/he