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 |  Sep 23 2009, 12:19 PM

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Porsche engineers are working “intensively” on an electric sports car that could be brought to market in as little as five years says company head Michael Macht.

The comments were made to German magazine Welt am Sonntag, just after the Frankfurt Auto Show, where fellow German automakers Audi and Mercedes-Benz displayed electric concept cars.

Macht did say, however, that current battery technology does not allow for a vehicle that meets Porsches standards, saying that an electric Porsche would have to have a reasonable driving distance, while offering the same handling characteristics of a gasoline engine.

Macht also commented that while five years is a possibility, it could take twice as long to actually bring the car to market.

[Source: AutoCar]