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."

Porsche Will Build 918 Of The 918 Spyder Hybrid Plug-In

Porsche Will Build 918 Of The 918 Spyder Hybrid Plug-In

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.

via Automobilwoche

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