Prototypes of the Porsche Boxster E have already attracted much attention following the big reveal last week.
The two models were unveiled at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin – a forum for sustainable mobility.
With representatives from the worlds of politics, industry, trade and research present, the meeting discussed the environmentally-friendly vehicle concepts of the future.
The electric Boxster was a very popular feature, with experts queuing up to ride in one of the prototypes. They were driven around the sporty circuit to see for themselves that an electric drive Porsche is still a genuine thrill in terms of driving dynamics.
With one electric motor apiece on the front and rear axles, the Boxster E runs solely on electric power.
The four-wheel-drive prototype is being used to explore the everyday practicality of all-electric prestige cars and how they are used in terms of driving and battery charging. This will give Porsche researchers a better understanding of the requirements for future electric cars and how to develop Porsche Intelligent Performance.
A large-scale trial of Boxster Es, called Model Region Electro-Mobility Stuttgart, is part of a government drive to boost the practicality and usability of electric vehicles.
The new Porsche model was selected to take part because of its mid-engine set-up and overall lightness. These characteristics allow the electric equipment to be accommodated in a crash-proof way.
Furthermore, the low drag gives a better optimal range and the driving experience makes it an enjoyable electric car.
The two electric motors generate a total power output of 180 kW and a maximum total torque of 540 Nm at a maximum engine speed of approximately 12,000 rpm. An energy recovery system further enhances efficiency of the drive unit.
On the road, this translates to powerful propulsion with little noise; the Boxster E can hit 62 mph in 5.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 124 mph.
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