• Mar 4, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ruf Greenster

Last fall, Porsche high performance tuning specialist Ruf announced it had built a prototype electric sports car called the eRuf, which was essentially a lithium ion battery-powered 911. That was just the beginning of the story, as the company has brought the Greenster here to the Geneva Motor Show. The Greenster is a targa top 911 in the old style with a chopped speedster-type windshield. In the back sits a 270kW Siemens electric motor with 695 lb-ft of torque. The battery pack system has been improved and is now 30% smaller in volume, restoring the front trunk space that was lost on the original. The battery pack also has greater power capacity allowing it to release and absorb power faster, enabling more regenerative braking capacity. The battery can apparently be charged in only one hour from a 400V outlet. The next iteration will switch to a twin motor setup and the company is planning a small series production run in 2010.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoda thought the old-school targa hoop could be cool again?

      Maybe Porsche outta take note: As nice as the sunroof-targa is, maybe its time to bring back a CS or Speedster targa. Then again, I guess I could go to Ruf for that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's one way to ruin a perfectly good Porsche.

      Ick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They probably got it as an unnumbered 'body in white' directly from Porsche and as such didn't destroy a finished, assembly line 997.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the transmssion is going to melt quicky
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every time read the astounding torque figures associated with electric vehicles and think about the inherent long term reliability of electric motors, the more I become convinced that vehicles driven by electric motors are the future whether in pure electric or hybrid form.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The motor may be reliable but the batteries are very expensive and only good for a finite amount of cycles
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree!

        Massive torque, being able to control placement of mass in the chassis, and recent reports that battery life is super good are very encouraging.

        Now add on some killer-realistic audio and force feedback... you could be driving the meanest, baddest synthetic V8. It would sound better than real, and have more torque. And yet not disturb the neighbors or smoke out the back.

        It seems easier for new car companies to start if based on electric, so there will be more competition for our dollars-- excellent.

        I actually think the automotive golden years are ahead of us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what Porsche's targa should look like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think it's a chopped 911 windshield. Looks to me more like a rebodied boxster.
      The windshield, dash, and area behind the seats all look to be based on the boxster not the 911.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And they painted it green. How clever.