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Porsche Develops Research Cars with Electric DrivePorsche Intelligent Performance: Hybrid Drive for Everyday Use, Electric Cars in Research

Porsche Intelligent Performance: Hybrid Drive for Everyday Use, Electric Cars in Research - Porsche Develops Research Cars with Electric Drive

Australia. Porsche has developed a trio of all-electric drive research cars based on the Porsche Boxster under the banner of “Porsche Intelligent Performance.”

The cars will be used in practical tests as part of the Stuttgart Model Region for Electromobility, starting in early 2011.

In the test process, these three electric Boxsters are to provide an initial first important insight into new electric drive components and battery systems for all-electric vehicle drive. This field test is also intended to provide further findings on the infrastructure required for electromobility, user behaviour and the demands made of future product.

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 the future. But such a concept only makes sense if it offers product qualities typical of a Porsche.”

Porsche has been committed to electric mobility for a long time, thus helping to preserve the environment and save resources in our world: The spectacular concept study of the 918 Spyder high-performance mid-engined sports car with plug-in hybrid combines high-tech breakthroughs in engine technology and electromobility with a truly fascinating range of further qualities. Emissions otherwise to be found only on a super-mini of just 70 g/km CO2 with three litres fuel consumption for 100 kilometres in the NEDC, come with the performance of a super sports car developing well over 440 kW (600 horsepower).

The hybrid system of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid has been developed especially for racing, with two 60 kW electric motors on the front axle boosting the 353 kW six-cylinder power unit fitted at the rear. Replacing conventional batteries there is an electrical flywheel power storage system re-charged whenever the driver applies the brakes and thus delivering energy to the electric motors. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid has already proven its racing qualities in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

Introducing the Cayenne S Hybrid, Porsche also offers the first production car in the range able to run under electric power alone. With maximum output of 279 kW, the Cayenne S Hybrid makes do in the NEDC cycle with just 8.2 ltrs/100 kms and CO2 emissions reduced to a mere 193 g/km. This hybrid technology will also be featured in the future Panamera S Hybrid due to enter the market next year.