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  • Porsche Boxster E electric car prototype

    The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is an annual event run by the French tire company aimed at promoting the development of sustainable mobility. At this year’s event in the German capital of Berlin Porsche rolled out its Boxster E electric car prototype, revealing a few more saucy details about its testing schedule and zero-emission future. Porsche is currently testing three different Boxster E prototypes as part of the “Model Region Electro-Mobility Stuttgart” large-scale trial to explore the everyday practicality of electric cars and how they are used, especially in terms of...

  • Porsche Boxster E electric prototype
    Porsche Wants High-Performance Electric Cars, Testing Plug-In Panamera

    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...

  • Porsche Boxster E electric prototype
    Porsche Boxster E: Dipping a Toe In the Electric Sports Car Arena

    When we look towards the future what do we see? Well, it might not be the flying cars of the “Jetson’s” or “Back to the Future II,” but it certainly does seem to have the presence of the electric vehicle (EV). We figure ten years from now range anxiety is going to mean...

  • Porsche Panamera Diesel
    Porsche Panamera Diesel: The High-MPG Porsche You Can't Have

    Introduced for 2010, the Porsche Panamera horrified purists but lured buyers all over the world. It was Porsche's first-ever four-door sedan, built in part for the burgeoning Chinese market, and its humpbacked styling is ... well, let's just say ... polarizing. Now Porsche has unveiled the most...

  • Experimental Lucas hybrid-electric car, developed in the 1980s
    eBay Find: 1982 Lucas-Reliant Hybrid British Concept Car

    The history of the auto industry is littered with the carcasses of the cars and companies that didn't make it. Modern hybrid-electric vehicles were first commercialized by Toyota, with its 1997 Prius (sold in the U.S. starting in 2000). But many concepts, development vehicles, one-offs, and other...

  • 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid launch, New York Auto Show, April 2011
    2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid: 2011 New York Auto Show Live Photos

    We first saw it at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show but this time it’s making its North American debut, where else but at this week’s 2011 New York Auto Show. We’re talking about, of course, the 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, which was put up on display next to a new high-performance...

  • Porsche's re-created 1900 Semper Vivus hybrid drives across the floor at media event, April 2011

    Did you hear? Last night, Porsche showed a series hybrid vehicle (analagous to the Chevy Volt) with a radically different design from any of its latest line of hybrids. Its pair of 1.7-liter single-cylinder engines powers a generator that flows electric power to a pair of front wheel motors, each one almost two feet in diameter. That's the specification of the Semper Vivus, the 1900 vehicle designed by young Austrian engineer Ferdinand Porsche that's widely considered to be the world's first hybrid-electric vehicle. To celebrate their new line of hybrids--the 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid sport...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar
    Winner: $845K Porsche 918 Spyder Is Now World's Priciest Hybrid Car

    We’ve known for some time that Porsche’s 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept from the 2010 Geneva Motor Show would eventually enter production but today, more than two years out from its debut, Porsche has announced that the order books have officially opened. We can confirm that the...

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0
    Porsche Launches Version 2.0 Of Amazing 911 GT3 R Hybrid Racer

    If at first you don't succeed ... make your race car better. That's the principle behind yesterday's launch of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0. It's the second iteration of Porsche's ground-breaking 911 endurance racer fitted with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS. The first version of the...

  • BYD e6 electric crossover, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    BYD Lines up Electric Car Dealers for Late 2011 U.S. Launch

    Chinese battery firm turned automaker hit the news a couple of times last week for all the wrong reasons. But less than a week after the firm was the center of a major auto scandal it has quietly started to prepare itself for a late 2011 U.S. Launch. So why is a company which previously been...

  • Veritas RSIII Roadster plug-in hybrid. Photo by Translogic.
    Green-Car Faceoff: Who's The World's Fastest Plug-In Hybrid?

    We don't spend much time covering single-seat speed machines like the Veritas RSIII Roadster here on Green Car Reports. But the previously gasoline-centric performance car crowd is quickly coming around to the remarkable acceleration benefits of stored electricity. The latest example? Veritas is...

  • 2012 Porsche Cayman R
    2011 Porsche Cayman R: Bringing Some Competition to the 911 Neighborhood

    Diehard Porsche fans will never sway from the 911, it is the model to own if you were just going to buy one and one Porsche only. However, since the introduction of the mid-engine Boxster platform in 1997, drivers and enthusiasts have wrestled with the romance between predictable handling that...

  • 1900 Porsche Semper Vivus full hybrid recreated

    The name Porsche has traditionally been associated with fast, rear-engine sports cars, and more recently with fast heavy SUVs and fast heavy four-door luxury sedans. But it all goes back to pioneering engineer Ferdinand Porsche. He also designed the prototype for what became the Volkswagen Beetle, and would found Porsche AG after World War II. Designing the first hybrid Porsche's role in creating what is acknowledged to be the first functional hybrid-electric vehicle in the world is now getting more attention, since virtually every automaker is working on hybrids--including Porsche itself...

  • 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
    2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Revealed Ahead Of Geneva Debut

    It's no secret that Porsche has a new found love affair with vehicle electrification, having unveiled its first hybrid model ever last year, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, as well as teasing fans with high-performance hybrids such as the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and 918 Spyder. Porsche even unveiled an...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    Porsche Goes Electric with e-Boxster Test Mini Fleet

    Ask most consumers to describe a Porsche and they’ll describe the classic Porsche Boxster: a rear-wheel drive, mid or rear-engined car designed for the driving enthusiast rather than the casual commuter. Large, noisy engines have always been a prerequisite. Until now. We heard last summer...

  • 2011 Porsche 918 RSR Concept. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    World's Fastest (Or 2nd-Fastest?) Hybrid: Porsche 918 RSR

    Possibly the most rapturously received vehicle at last week's Detroit Auto Show was the Porsche 918 RSR coupe, a hybrid race car that isn't even street-legal. And it's about as far from the quintessential Toyota Prius hybrid as you could get. It doesn't use a battery pack at all, in fact, but the...

  • 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
    2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Gets...A Tax Break

    All kinds of green cars are eligible for tax breaks, but the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid could be one of the most expensive vehicles ever to get the IRS' nod of approval. The Cayenne S Hybrid earns its buyers up to $1,800 in federal tax credits, the automaker says, making it the first Porsche ever...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder Los Angeles 2009
    Porsche Looks At Hybrids For All Model Lines

    Sports cars have always been a lifestyle vehicle; they are cars for people who like speed, agility and, in some cases, enough power to make even the most talented driver be on the edge of control. However, the pure joy and passion of a sports car isn’t protecting the segment from the coming...

  • Audi R15 TDI, Peugeot 908 HDI, Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid at Petit Le Mans

    Endurance racing has more than its share of heartbreak. For Porsche Motorsport, this weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta provided sweet relief to a galling memory: Its unique 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car retired less than two hours before the checkered flag during May's 24 Hours of Nurburgring. This time, the hybrid Porsche completed the race just fine, using roughly 10 percent less fuel than the non-hybrid 911 GT3 RS racers. And in fact, another race car's fuel efficiency--or lack of it--caused a dramatic last-lap upset during this final race of the American Le Mans Series season. Driver...

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
    Tuning Porsche's 911 GT3 R Hybrid Race Car: It's All Software

    Road Atlanta -- Two days before the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid competes for the first time on U.S. soil, the head of its development team said the company plans further development of the technology. Dr. Daniel Armbruster, whose official title is manager of the motorsports development process for the...

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid in action
    Why Are Luxury and Sports Brands Going Green? To Survive

    It was so much easier just a few short years ago. Luxury cars wafted and sports machines roared, with nary a thought to gasoline consumed. Hybrids were for weenies, and everyone knew their place. But now? A hybrid Ferrari, a hybrid Porsche race car, an electric BMW ... what is the world coming to?...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
    Report: Production Porsche 918 Spyder Will Be More Powerful Than Concept

    Who ever said green cars can’t be fun? You only have to look at the Tesla Roadster and upcoming hybrid and electric sports cars from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW to see that there is a future for sports car fans beyond the internal combustion engine. Porsche, too, is getting on the green car...

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    Bicycles, Not Sports Cars: The New, Greener Mid-Life Crisis?

    Could the high-end bicycle replace the sports-car as a symbol of the mid-life crisis?

  • Bosch EV powertrain
    Bosch Commits To EV Powertrain Development

    Following the successful launch of Bosch’s parallel full-hybrid technology (in models such as the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne S), the key international automotive supplier is also increasingly investing in the development of powertrain technologies for all-electric vehicles. With the...

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