Electric Vehicles

Porsche confirms electric prototypes

It’s official: Porsche is buying property on Electric Avenue. The German automaker recently confirmed the rumors of its electric prototype, saying engineers in Stuttgart are building several all-electric models. Wilton 2010 Porsche buyers will now have a greener option of their favorite brand.

Porsche has created three electric Boxsters, it says, to gain “an initial first important insight into new electric drive components and battery systems for all-electric vehicle drive.” Field testing will begin in 2011. No doubt that will be closely followed by more rumors, some spy photos and reports on the shape, color and speed of these prototypes.

Westport used Porsche dealers are excited by the possibilities that an all-electric car could provide. Not only might it draw new customers, but it would give current buyers the option to have a much more efficient car. Porsche drivers must have some desire to be eco-friendly, so this will allow them that expression without compromising their love of driving a powerful, sporty machine.

Porsche CEO Michael Macht said, “We will definitely be offering an electric sports car in the future. But such a concept only makes sense if it offers product qualities typical of a Porsche.” Well said, Herr Macht. Porsche owners will not want to settle for anything less than the quality and power they are familiar with and that will take some work to achieve in an all-electric vehicle.

For now, Porsche lovers will have to settle for a hybrid sports car – that is, if they have the budget. The 918 Spyder hybrid, which couples a V8 gas engine and three electric motors for a total of 718 horsepower and an incredible 78.4 mpg is aimed at the upper echelon of the car buying public. It retails for $630,000.

The EV, however, is expected to have a much more affordable price tag of about $100,000. It also will have a power train similar to the Tesla Roadster, so there is that. Wilton 2010 Porsche customers may find this a relief, but let’s hope the all-electric is a bit more competitive price-wise with other brands or might never catch on in the mainstream. But then, that might be the whole idea. Porsche drivers do love to be exclusive.

So now we wait for word, or photos, on the all-electric, zero-emissions Porsche prototypes and the announcements of debut dates and price points. But knowing Porsche, it will be worth the wait.

Customers of any Westport used Porsche will want to check out the selection of certified pre-owned vehicles, most of which are priced a bit under $630,000. So whether you want a Porsche for its flash and power, just like the prestige of driving the Porsche label, or are sold on the reputation and dependability, the staff can find you a perfect fit.

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