Porsche to test all-electric technology by 2011

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Porsche says it will commence field tests of all-electric vehicle technology in early 2011.

The luxury automaker says the movement, part of its development philosophy of performance with lower fuel consumption and emissions, will test three all-electric research cars based on the Boxster platform.

“This field test will also provide further findings on the infrastructure required for electromobility, user behaviour and the demands made of future products,” the company said in a release.

Michael Macht, the president and CEO of Porsche AG, says he sees this research as essential to the development of electric drive in Porsche vehicles.

“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.”

The fruits of Porsche’s electric labour has been seen in a hybrid-drive system featured in three recent models – the 918 Spyder, 911 GT3 R Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid.

The Cayenne S Hybrid the first production car for Porsche able to run under electric power alone and consumes 8.2 L/100 km in the NEDC cycle and pares CO2 emissions to 193 g/km.

Some of that same technology will be featured in a hybrid version of the Panamera, slated to hit the market next year.