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Porsche increases stake in electric sports car company Rimac to 15.5%

Porsche has increased its stake in technology and sports car company Rimac Automobili to 15.5%. In June 2018, the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer purchased a 10% stake in Rimac. Porsche is now strengthening the established partnership.

The Croatian company develops and produces electromobility components and also produces electrically powered super sports cars in-house. Porsche initiated a development partnership with Rimac against the back-drop of its electric mobility campaign.

Porsche has been supporting Rimac and its positive development for a year now. We quickly realized that Porsche and Rimac can learn a lot from each other. We believe in what Mate Rimac and his company have to offer, which is why we have now increased our stake and intend to intensify our collaboration in the field of battery technology.

—Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG and Member of the Executive Board responsible for Finance and IT

Founder Mate Rimac started developing his vision of a fast, electrically powered sports car in a garage in 2009. Rimac unveiled his most recent electric car, the C Two, at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2018.

The two-seater vehicle generates almost 2,000 PS and reaches a top speed of 412 km/h (256 mph). It boasts a range of 650 kilometers (404 miles) (NEDC) and can recharge 80% of its full battery capacity within half an hour thanks to a 250 kW fast charging system. The company also develops and produces high-performance electric drives and battery systems.

Gaining Porsche as a stakeholder was one of the most important milestones in our history. The fact that Porsche is now increasing its stake is the best form of confirmation for our collaboration and represents the foundation for an even closer relationship.

We are only at the start of our partnership—yet we have already met our high expectations. We have many collaborative ideas that we aim to bring to life in the future. The fundamental focus is creating a win-win situation for both partners and offering our end customers added value by developing exciting, electrified models.

—Rimac Managing Director Mate Rimac

Rimac focuses on battery technology within the high-voltage segment, electric powertrains and developing digital interfaces between humans and machines (HMI). The company also develops and produces electric bikes. This strand of the business was established in 2013 in the form of the sister company Greyp Bikes.

Comments

SJC

Rimac has done a great job, they deserve to do well.

Lad

Looks like Porsche is buying electric 'IP.'

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