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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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Comments (27)

 GTurbo 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.
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February 15, 2011 6:58 pm
 NoobUK 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
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February 15, 2011 6:53 pm
 eddie eddie
What is nice with EV's is no more oil changes, tune ups etc.....Almost maintenance free.
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February 15, 2011 5:20 pm
 accousticjama 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?
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February 15, 2011 4:54 pm
 zeiar 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.
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February 15, 2011 3:17 pm
 eddie 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.
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February 15, 2011 1:22 pm
 CDspeed 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.
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February 15, 2011 10:48 am
 dmanero 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.
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February 15, 2011 10:46 am
 joelynn 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.
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February 15, 2011 10:43 am
 catchmyshadow 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.
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February 15, 2011 8:13 am
 NoobUK NoobUK
electric cars are the future. believe or die.
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February 15, 2011 5:52 am
 scratchy996 scratchy996
electric cars suck. they should at least make it a serial hybrid, like the original Porsche hybrid.
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February 15, 2011 5:45 am