Porsche targets 20,000 electric car sales a year: Automobilwoche

CEO of German carmaker Porsche, Oliver Blume, poses prior to the company's annual news conference in Stuttgart, southern Germany March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen’s Porsche division expects annual sales of about 20,000 for its first all-electric car, the Mission E, the luxury carmaker’s chief executive told a German magazine.

Porsche, the second-largest contributor to VW’s group profit, plans to create at least 1,400 jobs to develop, build and sell its rival to Tesla’s Model S. The Porsche Mission E is slated to hit the market in 2019.

“We have calculated a quantity in the order of about 20,000 for the Mission E,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume was quoted as saying in an Automobilwoche interview.

Porsche labor boss Uwe Hueck in July declined to specify production targets for the Mission E, but said that Porsche needs to sell at least 10,000 of a model per year to make a profit.

U.S. electric car specialist Tesla had total vehicle deliveries of 50,580 in 2015.

Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by David Goodman