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The Porsche Boxster E will begin trials in Germany, marking the German sports car maker’s first foray into performance EVs. With the Boxster’s chassis dynamics firmly established, the 240 horsepower electric-powered roadster should provide formidable competition to cars like the Tesla Roadster.
Porsche says that acceleration is comparable to the Boxster S, which can sprint to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Three cars have been built as mobile testbeds for EV technology for both Porsche and the Volkswagen group at large. Considering how much we fun we had behind the wheel of the Tesla, we’re sure that a Boxster, mated to the instant thrust of an electric powertrain, will be an absolute riot.
Porsche has confirmed that electric prototypes of their Boxster model are currently being evaluated by the company. The Boxster prototypes give a clue to the company’s direction with alternative fuel projects, as Porsche moves from experimenting with hybrid vehicles into fully electric cars.
“We will definitely be offering an electric sports car in future. But such a concept only makes sense if it offers performance and a cruising range comparable to that of a sports car today,” said Michael Macht, CEO of Porsche.
Porsche currently offers a Cayenne Hybrid, a 911 GT3R Hybrid race car and has all but confirmed the upcoming 918 Hybrid supercar.
Hit the jump to read the official press release