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Porsche unveils electric roadster

Published: 11 Feb 2011 10:05 GMT+01:00

The three fully electric prototypes of the small sports car are intended to be “rolling laboratories” that will help engineers gauge the practicality of electric vehicles’ everyday use.

“Electric mobility will be one of Porsche's central challenges in the coming years, and our engineers are ready to meet the challenge with their usual high standards,” said Porsche boss Matthias Müller in a statement released on Thursday.

The e-Boxsters are part of a larger scheme to maximize electric cars in Stuttgart and the surrounding state of Baden-Württemberg.

Scientists will also use the cars to learn about the infrastructure needed to support electric mobility on a mass scale, Müller said.

Stefan Mappus, the premier of Baden-Württemberg, added that the Porsche pilot project is an important one in a state known for automotive prowess.

“Together with the auto industry, we want to further develop methods of sustainable mobility in Stuttgart and surrounding regions,” he said. “Porsche is an important partner in this endeavour.”

Stuttgart is one of eight “model regions” of electric mobility in Germany, where projects for electric vehicles and infrastructure are being tested through mid-2011.

The Federal Ministry of Transportation has committed about €130 million total for the eight regions to research electric mobility.

Transportation Minister Peter Ramsauer praised the progress Porsche has made.

“We need marketable products that excite the consumer and win him over with their functionality,” he said. “That is why we support research into electric vehicles’ everyday use.”

The Porsche Boxster roadsters each have two electric motors with a combined 240 horsepower, and are intended to perform at a level similar to Porsche’s traditional internal-combustion engines. The electronic components used in the cars were manufactured by Volkswagen, which recent took over the sports carmaker.

While BMW, Mercedes, VW and Audi already offer several electric hybrid models, Porsche currently has only one consumer vehicle, the sports-utility Cayenne, available in hybrid form.

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Your comments about this article

13:50 February 11, 2011 by tigersun97
Sign me up I'll test one here in Miami Florida
14:32 February 11, 2011 by yhsanjay
If governments around the world are really serious about alternate energy resource utilisation for road transport, they should waive off all taxes on the R&D efforts and later on, on the sale price of such automobiles.

Some governments are offering a few sops but most of them are largely snoring and thus favouring the big OIL CARTEL!
16:01 February 11, 2011 by Louis Prince
Can't argue with that, it seems like the German plan is the most complete, look not only at the car but how the infrastructure supports the way of transport, it's realy the only way.
12:41 February 12, 2011 by ontrack
Tigersun97 ... you already have electric porsches in the US, have a look at EVPORSCHE and they are already converting Boxsters
06:43 February 13, 2011 by electric38
Lets hope Porsche is communicating with the rest of the EV manufacturers, so that a universal swappable battery becomes a part of their engineering efforts.

As solar canopies become commonplace, trickle charged "quick swap" batteries for every type of car (or bike) will be useful as our grandchildren try to adapt to this combination of new technologies. A foldable solar charger would be nice to have in your trunk (or sidebag).

Hopefully, Porsche is exploring the possibilty of using solar energy to produce the vehicles (via robotic assembly lines). Most robotic manufacturing costs are absorbed, within the first few years.

http://www.cleanfleetreport.com/renewables/ford-focus-electric-car-plugin-hybrid/
14:10 February 13, 2011 by ontrack
It seems Porsche are back to where they started, wasnt the first Porsche Horseless Carriage Electric?
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