“We will definitely be offering an electric sports car in future. But such a concept only makes sense if it offers product qualities typical of a Porsche,”says Michael Macht, President and CEO of Porsche AG.
Believing that electric drive will continue to grow in importance, Porsche is developing both hybrid concepts and all-electric cars. In the latter category, three research cars based on the Porsche Boxster are being used in a field test which will start in earnest early next year.
The plug-in hybrid, the 918 Spyder, made headlines when it debuted at Geneva this year, joining the Cayenne Hybrid and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car. The racer went on to prove its viability in the 2010 Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Hybrid technology will also be featured in the forthcoming Panamera S Hybrid, due to enter the market next year.
Text: Charis Whitcombe
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