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Porsche has backed down from challenging Tesla Motors.
Despite reports to the contrary, Porsche has no intention of challenging Tesla head on.
There will be no pure electric sedan based on the Panamera platform, according to Porsche research and development boss Wolfgang Hatz.
Hatz has dismissed reports that the firm is planning to launch a rival to the Tesla Model S, based on the new Panamera platform.
Rumor was that Porsche would development an all-electric Pajun, a shortened version of the Panamera. This electric Porsche would challenge the Tesla Model S directly.
That's all been tossed out the window now as Porsche insists it will focus on plug-in hybrids until battery technology develops to the point at which there are no compromises in a pure electric cars.
As Wolfgang Hatz states:
“We are a sports car firm, and that brings with it certain expectations. A Tesla is a fine car, but you cannot drive it enthusiastically without losing range or performance too quickly. Until the technology offers a solution to those problems, we will not be looking at launching such a car.”
Porsche remains strongly committed to the plug-in segment though
“We are leading the way with plug-in technology, and our customers are happy with the benefits that it brings. For now, that is our focus.”
We do believe that Porsche will venture down the pure electric road at some point in the future, but for now, that's not in the automaker's cards.