Porsche Is Working on Electric Sports Car

Porsche's new president and CEO, Michael Macht, spoke publicly for the first time at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA), revealing the Company’s future plans of adding an electric-powered sports car to Porsche’s lineup.

"I am also convinced that one day Porsche will have an electric sports car in its line-up,"
said Macht at the Porsche's press conference. He revealed that this is not just a plan, but work on the project already begun.

The problem with it is that so far the available battery technology is not "sufficient to meet Porsche's strict requirements," Macht said, but he reassured that Porsche’s “engineers are already working hard on this challenge."

"An electric sports car would therefore only make sense for Porsche if it offers performance and a cruising range similar to that of current sports cars in the market,"
he said. "We are therefore taking the first step in this
direction with a full hybrid - in the Cayenne, the Panamera and maybe in the not too distant future also in a racing car or a production 911. Why not?"

The German carmaker is not a stranger to the hybrid technology, as 109 years ago Professor Ferdinand Porsche was building the first fully functioning car with hybrid technology. Other highlights in Porsche’s presentation in Frankfurt was the Panamera, the 2010 911 Turbo and the limited edition 911 Sport Classic.

"Although the car has only been at the dealership for three days, we already have 4,500 orders for the Panamera, most of them from customers who have not even seen the car yet," said Macht, speaking on the company’s fourth model. "And since test drives for customers have only just started, sales of the Panamera are already making a very positive start."
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