• Feb 14th 2011 at 10:50AM
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Porsche Boxster E prototype – Click above to enlarge

Porsche already has the hottest hybrid on the planet with its Porsche 918 Spyder, but what about a little something that forgoes gasoline altogether? Now, it has that, too three. The iconic German automaker has just unveiled the first of the trio of the Boxster E's we had heard about last summer.

The prototype uses 240 electron-powered ponies from motors attached to front and rear axles to give it all-wheel-drive sure-footedness and the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds. It packs a 29-kWh battery pack, which should give a solid 100 miles of low-CO2 uber-mobility per charge. All of its electro-tech is said to be sourced from its Volkswagen parent.

Porsche will trial the triplets over the coming months in the Stuttgart region where they wil serve as "rolling laboratories." No plans for a retail version have been mentioned, though it remains an eventual possibility considering CEO Matthias Müller's statement at the Porsche museum ceremony that electric mobility is the company's central challenge. Check out the official (translated) press release after the break.

[Source: Porsche, Bild / The Local via All Cars Electric]
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Porsche launches field tests with electric Boxster

Stuttgart. With the rollout of the first of three purely electric-powered Boxster I started the Dr. Ing hc F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, now a practical test in the context of large-scale test "model region electromobility Region Stuttgart". Together with the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Stefan Mappus, put Matthias Müller, CEO of Porsche AG, the first near-silent feet with a sporty research vehicle in front of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart back.

"The electrical mobility is a central challenge of the coming years and the engineers at Porsche would like to contribute with the usual excellence of them to be resolved. The Boxster E will help us as mobile laboratories in solving the practical problems of electric vehicles the way that our customers expect, "Matthias Müller said at the launch of the Boxster E. could aim of this project, said Müller, with three purely electrically driven Boxster experiences on the practicality and user behavior - especially when driving and shop - to win. From this, researchers gain insight into requirements for future products, and the inclusion of electric vehicles in infrastructure.

Baden-Württemberg Minister President Stefan Mappus also highlights the signaling effect of the project: "Together with the automotive industry, we want to trigger the development of sustainable mobility in the Stuttgart region and thus the peak position of the state of Baden-Württemberg consolidate in mobility and expand. Porsche is an important partner to expand with its high technology products, the range of electric vehicles from Baden-Württemberg in the sports car segment. " And Dr. Walter Rogg, manager of the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS), praises the Porsche's commitment: "With the commitment to the Porsche proves electric mobility vision. If a premium manufacturer, invested with a unique sporting profile in this future market time and money, this is an important contribution to helping the automotive Stuttgart region can maintain and expand its technology leadership and ".

Stuttgart is one of eight "model regions Electric Mobility in Germany, which will be implemented by mid-2011 pilot projects for electric vehicles and electric infrastructure. The model region of Stuttgart is funded under the federal "e-mobility in model regions". Overall, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (Germany) for Germany eight model regions around 130 million euros from the economic stimulus package available. The program is coordinated by the National Organization NOW GmbH hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Federal Minister Peter Ramsauer, "We need market-ready products that inspire and persuade the user in practice. We therefore support the research and demonstration of electric vehicles in everyday use. The day passed electric vehicle shows that sustainable transport can be associated with fun. With innovative ideas, we can be Leitanbieter lead market for electric vehicles. It opened for business location and export nation Germany entirely new possibilities. "

The Porsche Boxster offers with its concept mid-engine sports car is the ideal vehicle basis for the practice-oriented testing of the electric drive: The open two-seater is very light and allows the new components, electric motor, battery and high voltage technology crash safely accommodate the vehicle. At the same time to guarantee performance level of a Boxster S with conventional, verbrennungsmotorischem drive the sustainable sports cars fascination with new technology. The Boxster e are driven depending on the configuration of up to two electric motors totaling 180 kW. As an energy storage battery is used with a capacity of 29 kilowatt hours.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I owned a Porsche 944 (built by Audi at time when it was Porsche, Audi, VW partnership, the old arrangement), and I loved the car. Practical, to an extent, with the 4-cylinder engine, but expensive for parts! I also haven't driven such a solid car with over 100K miles on it! Even though it was a "cheap" Porsche ($15K when I bought it), it handled great, accelerated well, and had good looks (maybe not those wheel well bulges, but oh well). I have seen quite a few of those 944s converted to EVs online, and it makes me smile. Ahhh, memories...

      The Boxster has all the earmarks of a potentially good EV platform, but I agree with others here, that you need to pump the performance i.e. range to find it's place in the market. Besides, I think I remember Porsche has had a test bed before in an EV converted 911, but I'm sure they were using older technologies than what are avaiable today.

      Oh well, I for one am glad to see some of these halo manufacturers getting started on EV testing. I hope EV nay sayers are seeing that there is a change blowing in the wind...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every bigname maker that puts out an EV is adding to the buzz - getting across the message that everyone who is anyone is going down the same electric road. I welcome that. It almost doesn't what vehicle they start with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      29KWH Battery for a Porshe is just ridiculous. Are they making a Leaf ?
      Go for >50KWH and 200 Miles if you want be looked at like a real Porshe kids !
      • 4 Years Ago
      The nice thing about electric vehicles is that you can develop the equipment, then put in whatever battery you have available.
      This would seem to be work on getting the vehicle's engineering ready, with the aim of putting in a larger battery as energy densities climb, perhaps to as much as double current.
      This is about getting ready for 2015, not about building electric cars now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        fnc...I would hope that Porsche would be testing some batteries for a 100 mile range today that would be about the same size and weight as a 200 mile pack in 3-5 years and then you have something interesting to talk about.

        This is just a test bed from the look of things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was for dynamic and packaging reasons that I said:
        'with the aim of putting in a larger battery as energy densities climb.'

        Of course, they may also be looking to use the tested components and system in a completely new model, which would make sense to me as I would have thought that they would really need a Tesla-like 250 mile range, which you are not going to get in the same form factor for quite a while.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would think you can't just drop in a bigger battery as the change in weight would completely disrupt the driving dynamics you had so carefully tuned at the previous weight.

        Porsche could be either planning on packs of the weight of the current one getting much more energy dense, or adding weight to their testbed cars to account for larger packs in place of the test ones. I think they're probably just sorting out the electronics and control systems with the intent of designing a totally new platform for an electric car, eventually taking their work on the 918 toward mainstream territory.

      • 4 Years Ago
      A 100 mile range on a car like this? A Boxster for driving not commuting. No point at a 100 miles. If it goes into production, Porsche will have to triple the range.

      Just my ¢.02

      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that pack capacity is low for this type of vehicle, although if they are just trying to drive it around for testing it shouldn't matter much.

      If they ever wanted to sell it though, gary is right, (250-300 mile range for a vehicle of this type) - you don't go with Nissan Leaf range on a Boxter - unless you want to make sure it doesn't sell very well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My dad's a Porschephile, and he wanted a Porsche for the longest time.

      I hope there's an all-electric version of the next-gen Boxster, it would be awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really would've thought a 100 mile range would be less of a problem for a toy car like this than a more practical every day car like the Leaf. How many people take they're Porsche's out on long trips? It seems most of the ones I see are driving around slowly in the city, showing off, and parking in front of a Starbucks to watch people admire it while you drink your coffee. Rich guys drive these to work and show off, they then use their CUV to take their family out on long trips on the weekend. That said, the type of person who buys a Porsche to show off might not be the type of person to care whether or not they're burning gas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm really happy that Porsche is actually doing this. Hopefully this will entice other car manufacturers to develop their own electric concepts. It's quite exciting to see how this will all span out. I think that once people realize that even a purist manufacturer like Porsche is rolling out with green vehicles, they will more easily accept this new phenomena.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would take this over a Tesla Roadster any day. This is almost certainly a more comfortable/luxurious daily driver, AWD is nice too.

      100 mile/day is something I never exceed except when going on extended out of town drivers where 200 or even 300 miles won't help.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I think electrification should be focused on commuting and family cars, not weekend toys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My bet is that at the same price, this would still sell better than the Tesla Roadster because of the name attached to it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or because it's more fun to drive. It's really easy to sit back and take shots at Porsche being overpriced when you've never owned one and have no idea what it's all about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I do not personally own a Porsche, I have driven several, and I can appreciate a nice automobile. I personally prefer a Z8 over the Porsches that I have driven, that is off of the subject.

        My point is that the entire VW group is only interested in greenwashing and not providing enough volume to make a significant difference in their CO2 emissions. This vehicle will be priced above other Porsche vehicles that perform similarly, and very well will likely be priced above the Tesla Roadster. If it is priced below the Tesla Roadster, it will not be much below.

        Porsche is not targeting for volume with this vehicle so they can price it however they choose. There will be enough buyers to exceed expected inventory.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, sheeple are dumb, marketing/branding sells, not because porsche will deliver a better vehicle at a more competitive price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it was at the same price it wouldn't sell at all, as the Tesla also has excellent handling, better acceleration, and much greater driving range. I'd guess that they're planning on a lower price point, and a performance that won't threaten their gasser sales.

        If they do get serious about challenging Tesla, they'll do some weight reduction and boost battery size to increase range and available power. It might still have less acceleration and range than a Tesla, but with a low enough price it would sell well.
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