German automaker Porsche shows no interest in pure electric vehicles. Why? Well, as Porsche puts it, battery-only vehicles simply do not provide sufficient range. But don’t count Porsche out of the plug-in mix.
Porsche is keen on plug-in hybrids and says that it will focus its efforts there for the next “five to ten years.”
There’s one more reason why electric vehicles aren’t a fit for Porsche right now: performance. As a maker of some of the quickest and fastest automobiles on the planet, Porsche says that current electric vehicle technology isn’t there yet to provide Porsche-like acceleration, handling and top speed.
But plug-in hybrid technology is. Just look at some of these specs for the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder—a plug-in hybrid hypercar:
|Engine||4.6-Liter V-8 W/ Two Electric Parallel Motors|
|Total Horsepower||795 Horsepower|
|Total Torque||575 Pound-Feet|
|Transmission||7-Speed PDK Automated Manual|
|Fuel Economy||78 mpg|
|CO2 Emissions||70 g/km|
|Top Speed (Hybrid/Electric)||202 mph / 93 mph|
|Acceleration (0-62 mph/0-124 mph/0-186 mph)||3 Seconds / 9 Seconds / 27 Seconds|
|Battery||Lithium-Ion W. 6.8 kWh Capacity, 200 kW|
In the US, the Porsche 918 Spyder will carry a staggering base price of $845,000. Options will easily push the 918 Spyder past the $1,000,000 mark. But it’s sold out.