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.