Porsche Boxster E is one electric convertible prototype

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 15, 2011

It was not a secret anymore that Porsche was working on three electric prototypes of the Boxster, right? Well, Porsche decided to reveal one of them at its museum in Suttgart. As you can see from the photo, from the outside the car looks like a standard Boxster, but under the hood everything is changed. The new car features new light components, a new electric motor, battery as well as high voltage technology.

What is more interesting is that the manufacturer guarantees the performance level of the Porsche Boxster S. For those who don’t know, the Porsche Boxster S is powered by a water-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine delivering 188 kw or 255 hp and 290 Nm of torque.

This engine can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds and to 160 km/h (100 mph) in 13.6 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 263 km/h or 163 mph. Porsche says that the Boxster e uses two electric motors delivering a total output of 180 kw and that the energy is stored in a battery with a capacity of 29 kilowatt hours.

Electric mobility is among the central challenges of the approaching years and the engineers working for Porsche would like to contribute with the usual excellence to resolve it. At the Boxster E launch, Matthias Müller said that with their mobile laboratories, it will enable them to solve the practical problems associated with electric vehicles faster.

The company has prepared three totally electrically driven Boxster experiences based on user behavior and practicality. This enables researchers to get insight into the specific needs for future products and integration of electric vehicles in infrastructure.

Stefan Mappus, Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, also gives emphasis to the project’s signaling effect. In cooperation with the automotive industry, they want to set off the development of continuous mobility in the Stuttgart region.

He also said that in light of Porsche’s technologically advanced products like the various electric vehicles from the sports car division of Baden-Württemberg, it is an ideal partner to expand with. Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS) Manager Dr. Walter Rogg praised Porsche’s “electric mobility vision.”

He added that this leading manufacturer with its unique sporting profile invested time and money -- a move that significantly contributes to helping the automotive Stuttgart region enhance its prowess in technology. Stuttgart is among the eight model regions of Electric Mobility in Germany where electric vehicles and electric infrastructure pilot projects will be implemented by mid-2011. Stuttgart’s model region is funded under “e-mobility in model regions" of the government.

Generally, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs for Germany will provide eight model regions with about 130 million euros from the economic stimulus package. The National Organization NOW GmbH hydrogen and fuel cell technology manages this program.

According to Federal Minister Peter Ramsauer, they need market-ready products that motivate and encourage practicing users. Therefore, they support the study and demo of electric vehicles in daily use.

They soon want to see the day when the electrical vehicle can be both a sustainable and enjoyable means of transportation. With these innovative ideas, they can be the market leader for electric vehicles. In addition, they’ve opened totally new possibilities for Germany as an export nation and business location.

Press Release

Porsche launches field tests with electric Boxster

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

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