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Porsche Boxster E prototype unveiled

 Porsche Boxster E prototype unveiled

Features two electric motors

The Tesla Roadster just got a little less interesting as Porsche has quietly introduced three new Boxster E prototypes.

Described as "mobile laboratories," the cars are powered by a 29 kWh battery which sends power to two electric motors that develop a combined 245 PS (180 kW / 241 hp). Porsche declined to release detailed specifications, but says performance will be comparable to the Boxster S which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph (274 km/h).

The prototypes will we be tested to gain feedback about practicality and user behavior. This information will be compiled into the development of future products, but it should be noted that Porsche hasn't confirmed plans to put the Boxster E into production.

Source: Porsche

Porsche launches field tests with electric Boxster


Stuttgart. rollout of the first of three purely electric-powered Boxster I started with 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.

Note: Translated from German

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GTurbo
It took Toyota to wake Porsche up from their eco-slumber especially since Porsche pioneered the first hybrid car technology! This is why Porsche is now trying to make up lost ground to Toyota by 'greening' their entire range including this Boxster.
Feb 15, 2011 6:58 pm
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NoobUK
This behaviour is just foolish, dear amateurs. E-cars will dominante the future, probably not in the US, O.K. :) Do your remember the 1876 Otto-motor with all about 2 hp? What happenend until 2010? Progress and development,the same will happen to e-cars, probably not in the USA, again :D
Feb 15, 2011 6:53 pm
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eddie
What is nice with EV's is no more oil changes, tune ups etc.....Almost maintenance free.
Feb 15, 2011 5:20 pm
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accousticjama
It’s bad enough that society is becoming weaker & weaker due to political correctness & white guilt; now we have these homo cars to contend with.What’s next?
Feb 15, 2011 4:54 pm
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zeiar
Everything depends on storing energy. If we can't make a efficient and practical (quick charging time) battery, then a serial hybrid is very good substitute. However EVs are more simple because there is less parts in them and that makes them more reliable and that ways can be cheaper to make. Hybrids have to convert electricity from DC to AC and back to DC in some cases and that brings down the efficiency. Maybe in future there will be hydrogen plants to make electricity for EVs so there would be zero emissions and yet powerful energy source.
Feb 15, 2011 3:17 pm
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eddie
I heard Obama pulled additional funding for Fuel cells as hybrids are good enough for now. I remember Clinton giving the Big 3 I billion dollars in the 1990's to be the first with a fuel cell. Hello Clarity and soon Mercedes. Fuel cell electricity is the wave of the future. It is a fancy battery that last forever as long as you keep pumping in hydrogen and air.
Feb 15, 2011 1:22 pm
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dbehmoaras
Exactly. H+ is the way to go.
Feb 15, 2011 1:26 pm
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CDspeed
Here is a quote from an article on this same subject. "The world's automakers plan to build more than 300,000 plug-in vehicles during the 2013 model year, including the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. But production of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles that same year will be measurable in the dozens--at most perhaps in the hundreds". source: http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1055395_obama-budget-kills-clean-diesel-retrofit-fuel-cell-funding
Feb 15, 2011 3:57 pm
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CDspeed
Not only is this the future but EVs are deeply rooted in Porsche's past. Ferdinand Porsche started his career developing electric cars and hybrids around 1898 with Jakob Lohner & Co. And I'd rather see Porsche build EVs than put their name on a tiny city car like Aston Martin has done with the Cygnet.
Feb 15, 2011 10:48 am
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dmanero
As much as electric cars are the future, we all know the the oil companies as well as the government will never get rid of gas powered vehicles. Otherwise they would have made hygdrogen and other fuels easily available. Plus think of the billion they would lose. So electric cars are all good a well in the city but other than that dont hold you breath now or in 20 years, electric cars weill never take over.
Feb 15, 2011 10:46 am
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dbehmoaras
That's kind of what I'm trying to say, that the biggest issue with current EVs is the fact that they are battery powered, which I don't think they should be. Hydrogen EVs then, I'm all for. But batteries and the like, forget it.
Feb 15, 2011 1:10 pm
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contact_edward
Dbehmoaras, I think the debate is off track. A hydrogen powered vehicle is an ELECTRIC vehicle. A nuclear powered vehicle is an ELECTRIC vehicle. Secondly, electric motors are FAR, FAR, FAR superior to internal combustion engines. You don’t see combustion engines in robots, precision manufacturing, the medical field, etc. The electric motor is more precise, faster responding, more powerful and capable then the internal combustion motor. That said, the real problem here is POWER. So it’s not about electric cars, it’s about how to efficiently and adequately power the motors. A nuclear powered vehicle would be an ELECTRIC vehicle, just like the nuclear subs and aircraft carriers are. All these craft use electric drive. The reason why many people feel electric motor drive is the future is because you can power it in many different ways… batteries (which I agree suck) nuclear, hydrogen, etc. We just need to figure it out. A combustion engine can only burn something. There are a lot less things to burn efficiently and sustainably than ways to produce electricity.
Feb 15, 2011 7:46 pm
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joelynn
What about range?? I think there needs to be a standardised fitment for battery packs introduced now at the electric cars infancy to avoid problems like we have with mobile phone chargers. that way battery packs could be replaced easily- ie. when someone develops a battery that lets this car have a 200, or 300 km range. independent companies would start working on battery packs and the speed of progress would be greatly increased. If you could easily replace the batteries then the old cars wouldnt become obsolete as new developments are made.
Feb 15, 2011 10:43 am
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dbehmoaras
Another good point. The Tesla flat-out lasts for a very short time. Sure, so do most other cars that do 0-60 in less than 4 seconds, but with most of those, you can just go to a filling station and then within a matter of minutes your V12 roars to life with 600bhp at the ready. With the Tesla, you have to wait for hours. If you take a car like that out to a track, you should be able to use it for as long as you want. They're called track days for a reason, not track-hours or track-minutes.
Feb 15, 2011 1:14 pm
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catchmyshadow
i am sure that we will seee some stunning e-cars from Porsche in the future. Cars that will be superior to any gas guzzler. As demand grows, battery capacities, e-technologies will start to progress very quickly. i guess the only thing that will suck in the future is the lack of sound.
Feb 15, 2011 8:13 am
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Chris117
Dont forget Audi is already working on some fancy sounds for their electric range..its suppose to be outta this world..lol
Feb 15, 2011 9:47 am
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NoobUK
electric cars are the future. believe or die.
Feb 15, 2011 5:52 am
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Saebb
Yapp, but this future is far far away at the moment. Not for city cars but for long range distances it is useless right now. Believe or die. ;)
Feb 15, 2011 7:07 am
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scratchy996
they may be the future, but they suck right now, especially for sportscars, they run out of juice in a few minutes when driven hard. they are heavy and handle like crap. Porsche is just testing the feasibility of electric power, but i'm sure we won't see any good electric sportscars in our lifetime.
Feb 15, 2011 9:55 am
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charlemagne
Evs suck all the way: useless on long distances, useless in the winter, the batteries are way to heavy and a hazard to the environment, they cost a lot and so on and so on. The Ev without battery - that's the future, and there are even today some technologies - but they can't be aplied due to the costs.
Feb 15, 2011 11:18 am
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dbehmoaras
Electric cars are not the future. Electric cars are a makeshift technology until we can harvest, control, and use a better and more efficient source of fuel. Serious money needs to be invested into research and development of hydrogen as a fuel source, as one major example. It is already being explored by several companies such as Honda and BMW, and as it is the most abundant element in the universe, so we won't have to worry about it running out. I really think that anyone who really believes that electric cars are the future are extremely naive, as they are only a palliative to the problem. Where do you think your electricity comes from? Note the logic: eco-mentalists talk about unplugging household electronics when not in use, turning off lights, minimal use of A/C, etc... and yet they advocate for electric cars? Am I the only one who thinks this is a contradiction? Sure, EVs have no exhaust, but think about the pollution that comes in their production (a lot more than a normal car). EVs are just bringing about a delay to harsh reality that people will have to face eventually. Electric cars are being built right and left to gain public favor more than anything else and, in my opinion, are a complete waste of research and development money in the long run. But hey, the people who have no experience in the field know best and influence companies to make cars that perpetuate a gross misconception. The concept is rather simple: basically a life-size RC car that runs on rechargeable AAs. That's not the future, that's lack of ingenuity. The real pioneers in the automotive industry are the ones that actually create a whole new type of car, not ones who update and adapt a dated technology. The Honda FCX Clarity is the future. What makes it so great is that to the consumer, the car really is no different than an ordinary gas powered car, and yet it uses a completely different technology that actually works without any real drawbacks. The sooner people realize this, the sooner we will move into the future. On another note, Porsche's 918 is way more innovative than any electric car will ever be, because that is the closest anyone has come to realizing the goal of fuel efficiency, design, performance, sound, and sheer driving experience. In my opinion, no EV will ever be better than a 918. Ever.
Feb 15, 2011 12:54 pm
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CDspeed
Except for NoobUK none of you really have a clue as far as EVs are concerned do you? Just because they don't work for some doesn't need to cause you all to panic so badly. Try reading more into EVs through articles and web sites written by electric car enthusiasts to hear both sides of the EV development debate. Rather than only reading things only from pro gasoline writers who also fear change. Your all like an older man I met once, he thought automatic transmissions were the work of the devil sent to make us all lazy and shouldn't have been invented in the first place. Try to keep an open mind about EVs they may suit your need some day but no one said you had to buy an EV, so there really is no need to express your concerns with hateful words.
Feb 15, 2011 1:24 pm
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dbehmoaras
There's nothing hateful in what I'm writing. I am pointing out the long run flaws of EVs based on numerous articles that I have read about them and other technologies. If you disagree with me that's fine, but a difference in opinion does not mean that I am ignorant. And, people who drive automatics aren't necessarily lazy, but if you think about it, a manual transmission can actually be beneficial in a number of ways. In a manual car, you're more involved in the driving and are therefore paying attention more (as if common sense wasn't enough to prove this, there is significant research to back this up). Consequently, because you're paying more attention to driving, you're more likely to be aware of potential hazards along the way. Furthermore, because you have to use both hands to drive a manual for the most part, you're less prone to using distractions like a GPS, mobile, or something of the like, that could put you in an dangerous situation. Also, from an enthusiast's point of view, or at least what I would assume would be an enthusiast's point of view, an automatic transmission completely bastardizes the driving experience. My mind is open to EVs, but based on what I've read, seen, heard ... an alternative like hydrogen fuel cells has much more potential than EVs. And it is undeniable that the reason why all of these companies, particularly Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin... all of which are considered high-end sports-car producers (obviously) are making cars like the Cygnet, the Boxster E... is political first and foremost. Also, the advances that have been achieved with cars like the FCX Clarity are in my opinion more innovative than EVs based on the notion that the ownership experience of a car like that is very much the same as that of a regular car. Like a gas powered car, if you run out of hydrogen, you go and fill it up in a matter of minutes. You run out of battery, you have to charge it for hours in a garage. If you live in a city, this is hugely impractical. Even if you leave your car in a parking lot overnight, the overhaul required to give the ability for such parking lots to charge the EV overnight will come with a tremendous cost. However, if you put a hydrogen filling station instead, it's much easier. EVs have potential, sure, but there are way too many issues with them, especially practical issues.
Feb 15, 2011 3:24 pm
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CDspeed
Here is a quote from an article on this same subject. "The world's automakers plan to build more than 300,000 plug-in vehicles during the 2013 model year, including the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. But production of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles that same year will be measurable in the dozens--at most perhaps in the hundreds". source: http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1055395_obama-budget-kills-clean-diesel-retrofit-fuel-cell-funding Read more: http://www.worldcarfans.com/111021530718/porsche-boxster-e-prototype-unveiled#addcomment#ixzz1E3VwlRL6
Feb 15, 2011 4:00 pm
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scratchy996
@ CDspeed , i don't care what they say, i care about what i see. now i see that EVs suck. when they build an EV that i'd want to use, i will buy one , until then i don't care about EVs no matter how many articles they write about them.
Feb 15, 2011 4:47 pm
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dbehmoaras
@CDspeed: all that shows is what companies are doing, which is capitalizing on consumer demand, as they should be doing as profit-maximizing firms. They aren't producing as many hydrogen cars because there is little demand for them, and that's where the problem is. The smartest companies will be the ones who use the revenue generated to invest in the development of a better alternative to EVs.
Feb 15, 2011 9:27 pm
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scratchy996
electric cars suck. they should at least make it a serial hybrid, like the original Porsche hybrid.
Feb 15, 2011 5:45 am
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