Porsche Wants High-Performance Electric Cars, Testing Plug-In Panamera

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Porsche Boxster E electric prototype

Porsche Boxster E electric prototype

Porsche recently took the wraps off its second hybrid model, the new 2012 Panamera S Hybrid, as well as confirming development of an electric sports car and the announcement that a number of zero-emission ‘Boxster E’ prototypes are already running around Germany.

Add to that the automaker’s launch of two generations of 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car prototypes and a plug-in hybrid supercar in the pipeline and it’s safe to say that Porsche is currently one of the greenest automakers on the planet.

But being green is not enough for Porsche. After all, we are talking about the legendary sports car brand from Stuttgart.

Turns out Porsche wants to carry its reputation for building some of the best sports cars on the planet into the world of electric cars.

In keeping with this goal the automaker is determined to build electric sports cars with the same kind of performance and driving experience customers can expect from its fleet of gasoline powered cars. But simply adding more powerful motors and batteries is not enough to give its cars that distinct Porsche feel.

To really make its electric cars feel like a Porsche, the automaker is looking at combining its PDK dual clutch technology with an electric motor in an aim to encourage the driver to rev the motor more. This may not be the most efficient way to drive the car, as electric motors produce their peak torque from the moment they start turning, but it should be a lot more fun.

Other things Porsche is trying to make its electric cars feel unique include changing the windings on motor armatures and using DC current rather than AC.

So what else can we expect from Porsche in terms of electric car offerings? In addition to the Boxster E, the automaker is also trialing fully electric versions of its Panamera sedan. It’s said to have a range of just over 100 miles and takes about eight hours to fully charge.

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Comments (10)
  1. "safe to say that Porsche is currently one of the greenest automakers on the planet"
    Surely you jest.
    The most efficient Porsche in America is 20 city/29 hwy. Surely not the "greenest".

  2. @John Briggs,
    Porsche currently has a hybrid or electric version of every model in its lineup, either as prototypes or already in production. The automaker is destined to have a completely electrified lineup within a couple of years and is also pushing the envelope with green supercars like the upcoming 918 Spyder. The fact that Porsche is a performance brand makes it all the more impressive.
    Few other makes can lay claim to such a feat, which is why I happily label Porsche one of the greenest. Being green is not just about mileage, it's also about changing the game, pushing green technology envelope and leading the segment.

  3. That's right being green is about having 4000 sq ft. houses, organically bleach blonde wives, and hybrid SUV that get 16 MPG rather than 14 MPG.
    Actually, the term you are looking for is "green washing." Feel free to make the correction.

  4. Organically bleached blonde wives are notoriously hazardous for the environment. All that toxic nonsense they keep spewing out with little regulation!

  5. On a more serious note, I agree that one of the greenest is going too far. Granted they sell less cars making their manufacturing waste less than say Toyota or Ford. But if you look at per car pollution either in pounds of carbon from running the cars, or the other toxic chemicals released during manufacturing, green and Porsche shouldn't even be in the same sentence.

  6. Oh, and your very greenest Porsche Corporation is fined every year by the USA EPA for failing to meet CAFE standards put in place by the Carter Administration.

  7. Electric cars are a great idea, but I don't think they are very practical until we find a way to charge the energy source they use.
    Look forward to seeing the Porsche 918 Spyder in the flesh though!

  8. @Jon_D, I think you mean change, but why do we have to change the way electricity made for EVs?? Our homes and work places are already producing harmful emissions through local power plants. My car is sitting in the garage right producing no emissions but my TV is on and both my AC, two refrigerators and one other TV are on, technically producing carbon emission through my local power plant. Electric cars are how cars will become better for the environment, power plants are a different issue altogether.

  9. @CDspeed,
    I totally agree.

  10. Now we'll have to pay even more for a Porsche. Awesome.

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