Porsche Tests Electric Boxster
Part of the Stuttgart Model Region for Electromobility, the Boxster test models will be used as a platform to research both the technology required for a future all electric Porsche and the infrastructure needed to help the car work as it should. And yes, it means there will be such a Porsche in the near future.
“We will definitely be offering an electric sports car in future. But such a concept only makes sense if it offers product qualities typical of a Porsche,” Michael Macht, Porsche CEO said in a statement.
The most spectacular Porsche endeavor in the realm of electric vehicles is the 918 Spyder concept, a plug-in hybrid supercar unveiled at this year's Geneva Auto Show. The vehicle, powered by a V8 gasoline engine and three electric motors on the front and rear axle has an acceleration time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph (320 km/h).
Despite that, and despite the over 700 hp it spits out, the 918 Spyder has a fuel economy figure of 78 mpg (3l/100 km).
Aside from the 918 Spyder, Porsche played with the hybrid-electric world two more times, resulting the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and, more recently, the Cayenne S Hybrid. Out of these three models, only the Cayenne is mass marketed so far (quite successfully, actually, as the model secured some 2,400 orders in a month or so).