Despite criticism that it lacks creativity in the design department (our opinion is “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but I digress), Porsche cannot be accused of the same with its power sourcing as it continues to push ahead with alternative energy sources for its cars.
With the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept receiving universal praise for its stunning looks and impressive claimed figures and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid (using two electric motors powered by a flywheel) race car already a respected competitor, Porsche already has a record of trying and succeeding in new hybrid power fields. Their next step is to go down the route of electric powered cars, starting with their Boxster.
Porsche tell us they will begin testing in early 2011 three electric Boxtsters to “provide an important preliminary insight to new electric drive components and battery systems for all-electric vehicle drive. This field test is intended to also provide further findings on the infrastructure required for electro-mobility, user behaviour and the demands made of future products.”
Michael Macht, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG, sees this contribution made by Porsche as absolutely essential. “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.”
Would you buy an electric Porsche?