Luxury sports car company Porsche recently unveiled two all-electric prototypes at a sustainability forum in Berlin. The cars, called the Boxster E, are part of a larger $185 million program that is funded by the German government to test large-scale electric vehicle roll out.
The two-seat, four wheel drive cars are said to have similar performance compared to the Boxster S. Propelled by two electric motors, one on the front and rear axle, which also houses the transmission, the car has a total output of 180 kilowatts. A central control unit synchronises the two motors, and distributes the near 400 lbs. ft of torque. The prototype has a top speed of 124 miles per hour, and the ability to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds.
The Boxster E also employs regenerative braking, and claims to have a more powerful electric motor system than what is currently available in most hybrid cars. Powered by a 29 kWh, water-cooled lithium-ion battery system, the 3,500+ pound electric car has a very decent range of approximately 107 miles on a full charge. Charging the vehicle can take almost nine hours, however, using a standard socket.
Absent of a clutch pedal or gearshift level, the car features a special display within the cabin that shows how far the car can travel with the air conditioner on or off. All in the all, the Boxster E prototype has some impressive specifications, which may mean the automaker is looking to compete with Tesla Motors in the high-end market.