Porsche not planning to offer an electric model to rival the Tesla Model S

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 22, 2014

Although several sources confirmed an all-electric Porsche that will challenge the Tesla Model S, the German carmaker is denying such a model. According to Porsche research and development boss Wolfgang Hatz, the German carmaker is known as a sports car firm, while Tesla vehicles can’t be driven enthusiastically without losing range or performance too quickly.

He added that until the technology offers a solution for those problems, they will not be looking at launching an electric vehicle. Porsche has been testing electric versions of the Boxster since 2011, but this vehicle is still being evaluated.

So, if you don’t want an electric model from Porsche, you can get the next-generation Panamera, which will arrive in 2016. Porsche is expected to offer the Panamera with different body styles, while a smaller version of the vehicle is expected to arrive as a rival for the top-end BMW 5-Series.

Still, if you want a plug-in hybrid model from Porsche you should go for the Panamera S E-Hybrid. This model is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 333 hp and 440 Nm of torque. Moreover, the Panamera S E-Hybrid uses a 95 hp (70 kW) electric motor.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds, while top speed is 270 km/h or 168 mph. Using just the electric lithium-ion battery, the vehicle has a range of up to 36 km/h (22 miles), with a top speed limited at 135 km/h or 84 mph. Pricing for the Panamera S E-Hybrid starts at 110,409 euros. [source: autocar.co.uk]

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