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Porsche Board Approves Hybrid Electric Spyder

Geneva 918 concept to become plug-in battery powered reality.

by on Jul.28, 2010

The Germans who originally scoffed at Toyota's hybrids are now copying the technology.

The Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, today approved the development of the Porsche 918 Spyder.

The concept version of a Boxster based mid-engine sports car with plug-in hybrid technology made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and at Auto China in Beijing earlier this year.

Porsche is claiming that the 918 Spyder will produce CO2 emissions of 70 g/km, corresponding to fuel consumption of 3.0 liter/100 km (94.1 mpg imp) in the New European Driving Cycle.

Porsche is also claiming the Spyder will have the performance of a high performance sports car, which is a return to its heritage even though Porsche now sells more trucks and sedans than sports cars.

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Porsche Working on Electric Boxsters?

Pure EVs under study as CO2 regulations and stiff fines for gas guzzlers loom large in a government-influenced marketplace.

by on Jul.26, 2010

Three Boxsters are due to test new electric drive components and battery systems for a proposed all-electric Porsche sportscar.

Porsche AG is about to start testing Boxster models equipped with an all-electric powertrain, which could eventually supplement its hybrid models that are currently starting production.

The newly confirmed program is part of the Stuttgart Model Region for Electromobility initiative, which is being advocated by a local German government.

“We will definitely be offering an electric sports car in future. But such a concept only makes sense if it offers product qualities typical of a Porsche,” said Michael Macht, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG.

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