Porsche CEO: Our Pure Electric Vehicle Needs At Least 300 Kilometers of Range

MAR 24 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 23

Porsche CEO Matthias Müller doesn’t go on record often, but when he does it’s usually for a reason.

2011 Porsche Boxster E Prototype

2011 Porsche Boxster E Prototype

Volkswagen Group (Porsche, Audi, Bugatti, Lamborghini and so on) has publicly made several statements on pure electric vehicles lately.  Two statements come immediately to mind in regards to what Porsche’s CEO told Auto Motor und Sport.  Those two VW Group developments are:

Audi R8 E-Tron Officially Confirmed For Production By Audi – Boasts 280 Miles of Range

Volkswagen Develops Battery With 4 Times the Energy Density of Today’s Battery Technology

Now, here’s what Porsche’s CEO stated (via Google translate):

“The range of pure electric [Porsche] vehicles would, in my view at least 300, better be 400 kilometers.”

The CEO is referring to Porsche launching a BEV.  He says that’s certainly an option for Porsche, but range needs to be a minimum of 300 km (186 miles).  Well, the Audi R8 E-Tron has more than that for a range rating, so Porsche will have no issue hitting that minimum 300 km if it borrows tech from Audi.

Porsche has been actively developing a pure electric Boxster prototype since 2011.  Porsche CEO says the electric Boxster is constantly being developed, which leads us to believe it’s ready to go if Porsche decides to green light it.

Porsche’s CEO made one more statement, this one in regards to range-extending engines in plug-in vehicles:

“…because from the range extender I personally think nothing at all.”

Google Translate messes that one up, so allow me to paraphrase the CEO’s words:

“…range extenders make no sense…I dislike them.”

2011 Porsche Boxster E Prototype

2011 Porsche Boxster E Prototype

Source: Auto Motor und Sport

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23 Comments on "Porsche CEO: Our Pure Electric Vehicle Needs At Least 300 Kilometers of Range"

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Go with 400km…. more is better.

Range extenders make no sense? I’d like to hear the logic behind that.

Maybe he’s referencing losing the simplicity of the electric drivetrain…?

+1 think so too, porsche was always about being lean

So they aspire to be where the Tesla Roadster was about 8 years ago.

+1

Largest difference is that Porsche sell 140k cars per year.
What did the Roadster do, like 2500 sales in total during a few years?

My point is that we should be happy when the large car brands start to go electric since it could have a much larger impact.
It takes time for the big boys to move their ships but now that they are starting to turn it might be massive.

Range extenders make no sense when VW Group doesn’t let you use enough battery. At Porsche’s margins, they’ve gone completely irrational not to do one. But, whatever. Make cars that catch fire, instead, then replace every single engine. That’s what they get for decontenting the GT3.

And Eric, what’s with dignifying the R8 E-Tron, as if it is a benchmark that exists? Any test drives we haven’t heard about?

The Porsche GT3 is amazing. As anyone who has ever gone racing knows, a failed connecting rod pin causing the rod to breach the block happens when you build race cars. Porsche always makes good (evidenced by the fact no one has cancelled an order for a GT3). Explain your “decontenting the GT3” statement please.

True. It seems the German marques kind of get a pass when they build compliance cars. See BMW CEO Reithofer’s comments on InsideEVs today. Audi has yet to even sell a compliance cars and instead, keep teasing us with one-offs and concept cars.

VW is just like GM. They are a huge corporation with the assets to develop any format(s) of electric transport they wish-yet they’ve chose to wait and see who gets elected, rather than just create and innovate.

Build a 200-mile Golf and Jetta. Build a 200+ mile 3 Series. Build a 300-mile Cayenne, 911 and Boxster. I DARE YA! Everyone sits and waits for the other to do it. Nobody will. Only Tesla will lead the way.

Translation: “We have decided to copy Tesla’s business model.”

Second Translation: Model S is eating the lunch of the Panamera and Tesla is about to eat the Cayenne’s lunch with Model X. We might go out of business if we don’t get something to compete with them.

I do not know where he gets 300km or 400km.

You can buy many used Porsches with low mileage. Most of those cars are purchased as an fun, extra vehicle, not as a car to make regular long trips.

My guess is that 99% of all Porsche (or Corvette or similar car) trips are less than 100km in length.

Au Contraire! I use my Roadster for long road trips since I get “gas anxiety” with the Volt. The volt is only used for long trips when I know I can’t do it all the way in the Ro adster. All my trips to Cananda recently have been in the Roadster. If I think I can possibly make it, I do it, and therefore wish my Roadster had an even bigger battery.

Bill, so you are the 1%. The other 99% of exotic cars do very little mileage.

Not sure what you’re baseing your statements on. Most Roadster owners use their cars as ‘daily drivers’, and are putting many more miles on them than they think they would. I’ve driven my roadster more ‘miles per year’, than any other vehicle I’ve ever owned. I know that is ultimately going to shorten battery life, but that’s life in the big city.

As far as gas powered Porsche’s go, I’m from a working class town, and people around here can’t afford to have show cars that are used one day a year in parades, so thats why you see many porsches and bmers driven, even in the winter. Same here, my car has to earn its keep by being used.

I agree.

And the way sports cars are driven, you would not get much more that 100km + 50km psycologically needed reserve if the car gets 400km of normal driving.

I agree with their plan. It is the correct plan. A Porsche gas drivetrain is currently tens of thousands of dollars, I would expect tens of thousands of dollars worth of drivetrain in an EV Porsche too.

They should follow up by working with Tesla to make sure their cars are compatible with the Tesla Supercharger network, and help Tesla build out that network. Tesla has previously stated that they would be happy to work with other companies who wanted to do that.

Certainly. And Porsche buyers are accustomed to paying $100,000 for one of their products. So bag an improvised Boxster and just build a proprietary BEV and get the future going!

Like I said, it’s like watching one of those track bicycle races where competitors wait and wait for someone to make the first move before they all sprint off and compete. It’s so fatigueing watching these companies all watch each other and their governments before they get off their asses and just make a superior car.

It cannot be said enough that it’s all about service departments and spare parts. It’s you and I who are getting screwed by companies not following Tesla’s lead. Traditional auto manufacturers will not give up their traditional model of making profits off of their complex, greasy, oily 19th-Century gas-burners until the market demands hat they do or die.

It’s called strategy, and sadly, the first one out the gate is usually not the winner.

No. I don’t want to waste money for a thing, I would only use one or two times per year.

As long as you don’t have omnipresent superchargers, it will always be a plus to have an onboard generator if you don’t want to be stranded.

Not getting stranded is a matter of planning not battery capacity.