Porsche to develop all-electric sports cars and green lights new hybrids

[image-1]The down side? Field testing on the Boxsters won't begin until next year and the new Spyder (at left) probably won't be seen on the road for at least another two years. The good news: The Cayenne S Hybrid will be on the market by next year.

Because I'm not very good with technical "car speak", I'll leave it to Porsche to give all of the glorious details on these new beauties.

Their recent press release states:

Porsche has been committed to electric mobility for a long time, thus helping to preserve the environment and save resources in our world: The spectacular concept study of the 918 Spyder high-performance mid-engined sports car with plug-in hybrid combines high-tech breakthroughs in engine technology and electromobility with a truly fascinating range of further qualities. Emissions otherwise to be found only on a super-mini of just 70 g/km CO2 with three litres fuel consumption for 100 kilometres in the NEDC (equal to 94.1 mpg imp), come with the performance of a super sportscar developing well over 600 horsepower.

The hybrid system of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid has been developed especially for racing, with two 60 kW (82 hp) electric motors on the front axle boosting the 480 hp six-cylinder power unit fitted at the rear. Replacing conventional batteries there is an electrical flywheel power storage system re-charged whenever the driver applies the brakes and thus delivering energy to the electric motors. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid has already proven its racing qualities in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

Introducing the Cayenne S Hybrid, Porsche also offers the first production car in the range able to run under electric power alone. With maximum output of 380 hp, the Cayenne S Hybrid makes do in the NEDC cycle with just 8.2 ltr/100 km (equal to 34.5 mpg imp), and CO2 emissions reduced to a mere 193 g/km.

Information via Inhabitat and AutoBlog. Photos via AutoBlog.

Porsche, the German automaker whose vehicles many of us drool over, has begun development on some all-electric sports cars, have just gotten the green light to start production on their plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder concept car (featured at the last Geneva Motor Show), and are starting production on two new hybrid vehicles.

The company has just announced that they will be testing out three electric vehicles based on the Boxster (pictured at right) to add to their future line of hybrid and electric cars. They've also currently put into production the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car and the Cayenne S Hybrid, which will be able to run solely on electric power.

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