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

Article by Christian A., 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.

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.

Tesla’s new fully electric sedan, the Model S, is an innovation in itself in automotive development and engineering. Setting new expectations for car safety, efficiency, and performance, it is set to be recognized as the 21st century’s super car with the best safety ratings, the longest range, and the latest driving software.

Tesla Engineering

Developed under the Tesla platform, the location of the battery on the floor provides the Model S with a very low gravity center that enhances performance and handling while minimizing rollover risk. The Tesla Model S also has a larger crumple zone than other sedans thus allowing it to absorb greater force in case of a frontal impact.

Safety

The Tesla Model S gained its distinction as one of the best-performing and safest sedans on the road. Its impressive safety features include its one-of-a-kind electric drivetrain that is located under the car. Model S also decreases the risk for rollover due to its lowered center of gravity. Its 5-star safety ratings are proven and recorded by the Euro NCAP and by the NHTSA while it also holds the record of the least probability for injury as tested in the US.

Other safety features include collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and blind spot detection. Features such as autosteer, summon, autopark and traffic-aware cruise control are also available as optional attributes.

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