Just think of a high-performance electric car. That certainly isn’t too easy to imagine. Electricity and high-performance automobiles may or may not mix; it all depends on your frame of reference. But, whatever the type of person you are, a Tesla fan or a Formula one fanatic, a sports car enthusiast or an electric vehicle supporter, a hybrid or all-electric Porsche will definitely excite you, will it not?
We have seen a lot of hybrids from Porsche already; a few have seen production while the rest have remained as concepts. The car maker has now officially confirmed something more stimulating. We hear that the sports car maker is busy building an all-electric automobile. Well, are we really going to see a zero-emission vehicle manufactured by a high-performance car maker? Porsche is working on it and let’s hope the outcome is positively stunning.
Porsche has one aim in mind at the moment; to combine greater efficiency with even lower fuel consumption and emissions. The ultimate goal is to carve an automobile with no emissions at all. We also believe that the all-electric sports car will be pitted against the Tesla roadster. CEO Michael Macht has just revealed that the company will, in due course, offer an electric sports car for sale but only if it “offers product qualities typical of a Porsche”. He said, “We will definitely be offering an electric sports car in future. But such a concept only makes sense if it offers performance and a cruising range comparable to that of a sports car today.”
We hear that the car maker has already built three research vehicles based on the entry-level Porsche Boxster. All of them are believed to carry electric drivetrains. In a test process, the three electric Boxsters will help the car maker by offering data on new electric drive components and battery systems for all-electric vehicle drive.
To assist the company further in its plans, a field test will be conducted to determine what infrastructure would be needed for the electric vehicles and their charging. The field test which will begin next year will also gauge user behaviour and the demands made of future products. Porsche said it will begin testing the three all-electric Boxsters in early 2011 as part of a broader commitment to what it terms “electro-mobility,” including plans to market a pure electric sports car as a supplement to its growing stable of hybrid vehicles.
But, remember the revelation has just been made. So, don’t start imagining things right away. Unlimited torque, instant response, four-wheel motors and continuous traction control, all gathered together with Porsche refinement and handling; reserve those dreams till we get more info on the vehicle development. Also, you can be sure that any production model won’t be arriving very soon.