This story was first published by CleanTechnica.
Porsche is investing more than €15 million in new facilities in the German capitol region in and around Berlin. Part of that investment is represented in a pylon that stands in front of the company’s newest branch office known as the Porsche Center Berlin-Adlershof. The 80 foot high, 20 foot wide pylon is more than a corporate symbol.
Covered in 8,000 solar cells contained in 260 solar panels, the pylon in front of the new Berlin headquarters is expected to generate more than 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year — enough to meet the energy needs of the entire building it sits in front off. The photovoltaic pylon cost $900,000 to build. Completed in 16 weeks, the finished pylon weighs 88 tons.
The solar pylon is also a powerful symbol of Porsche’s commitment to electric automobiles. It is working feverishly on the first such car — a fully electric 4 door sports car called the Mission E, due out in 2019. Porsche expects the Mission E to also serve as the basis for more electric car products in coming years.
Don’t lose sight of the fact that Porsche is owned by Volkswagen, which has reclaimed its title as the largest auto manufacturer in the world, a distinction it lost in the aftermath of the diesel emissions cheating scandal that swept over it beginning in September, 2015. So, everything Porsche knows about building electric cars, Volkswagen knows, and vice versa.