Mass-electrification is on the lips of almost every automotive company today and while Porsche too has taken to it with the launch of the Taycan sportscar, the company says that the Boxster and Cayman are too small for electric powertrains.
Talking to CAR magazine, Dr Michael Steiner, Head of Research and Development at Porsche, has said that though the company is testing electrified Boxsters to gain knowledge, a production decision is not taken yet. Porsche feels that, Boxster being a small sports car, will not be the right choice for big batteries as it will affect the handling. This is the main reason that Porsche’s next electric vehicle will be a small SUV and not a sports car. Porsche will be launching an electric crossover based on the Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture as its second electric vehicle, akin to the Macan.
Never say never, though!
Though Porsche will not be making an electric sports car anytime soon, it’s not completely off the table. Dr Steiner has said that if there’s a significant breakthrough with battery technology like solid-state batteries, Porsche will surely move in the direction of two-door fully electric sports car.
And for those who are expecting a fully electric Porsche 911, get ready for bad news. Talking about the electrification of its cars, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has stated that 50 per cent of Porsche vehicles will get an electric or hybrid drive by 2025 and Porsche will continue to offer combustion engines especially in the 911.
Porsche has already launched its fully electric four-door Taycan globally and will be bringing it to India in late 2020. The Taycan is powered by a 93.4 kWh battery pack, offering a range of up to 450 km. With a super charger, the battery can be charged to 80 per cent in just 22.5 minutes and 100 km range of charge can be achieved in five minutes. In true Porsche style, the Taycan Turbo S can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and can achieve a 260 km/h top speed.
Porsche will be establishing a global charging network through its Porsche Destination Charging programme. The company has already installed 1,035 AC charging stations in 20 countries and will be installing 900 more by the end of this year.