Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Porsche looks to electric future

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Luxury automaker Porsche has plans to expand its fleet with a range of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, joining a host of other automakers in the push toward what looks to be an increasingly electric future.

Porsche has announced plans to introduce hybrid drivetrains as options on its Cayenne and Panamera models. In fact, the two cars will share the same V6 gasoline engine and 34 kw electric motor pairings. The Panamera, Porsche's first sedan, has sold well for the company, despite comments from Porsche purists about the model's break from tradition.

Those same purists might not be fans of Porsche's other plans: all-electric models of the company's Boxster. The company is currently testing three all-electric prototypes, with plans to produce one.

"We will definitely be offering an electric sports car in future," said Porsche CEO Michael Macht. "But such a concept only makes sense if it offers product qualities typical of a Porsche."

Porsche was previously mulling the option to mass produce its 918 Spyder electric supercar concept.ADNFCR-3028-ID-19908271-ADNFCR



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